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Our “next systems” are the emerging models and ideas for new ways of doing and being – for our economy, organizations, cultures, spiritual practices, and more. Here, we write and curate media content that helps give you insight in how these “next systems” could work and why they are important.

Frederic Laloux on teal organizations

Teal organizations are an emerging model based on living systems and aimed at garnering higher member well-being, improved resilience, and greater contributions to the common good.

Wooden skyscrapers, in five minutes

Leading architects around the world are excited about the prospect of using cross-laminated timber (CLT) to construct the 21 Century's skyscrapers. They believe new wood technology is not only capable of creating incredibly durable and safe buildings, but can play a vital role in reducing climate emissions and sequestering carbon.

The Sustainable Development Goals, in five minutes

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals are now adopted by 193 countries and represent a level of international collaboration unparalleled in human history.

Robert Kegan on adult development theory

What if our minds continue to evolve throughout our lives, allowing us to manage ever-increasing levels of complexity? This is Adult Development Theory.

Transcendental meditation, in five minutes

Transcendental Meditation is one form of meditation focused on transcending the mind to achieve pure awareness and therefore a new sense of peace, creativity, and self-realization.

The war of art, in five minutes

The War of Art is the internal war we all must wage to overcome "resistance" and to step into what we are here to do - whether it's writing a book, starting a meditation practice, running for office, starting a business, or something else.

Systems thinking, in five minutes

Systems thinking is a new paradigm of analysis that encourages and enables us to understand complex and often hidden dynamics throughout our world.

Ranked choice voting, in five minutes

Ranked choice voting (RCV) describes voting systems that allow voters to rank candidates in order of preference, and then uses those rankings to elect candidates with a broad base of support.

Radical candor, in five minutes

We are often taught to be "professional" or "if you have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all." In short, we learn to conceal rather than reveal our true feelings. Radical candor is the practice of revealing our whole selves to others - engaging authentically, directly, and with vulnerability.

Shoshana Boyd Gelfand on polarity management

Seemingly conflicting, but equally necessary truths are known as polarities. Polarities represent some of the fundamental tensions that come up in our organizations and in our lives as individuals.