Many influential people have had their part in alerting us about the dangers of overuse and imbalance.
In 1962, Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring called to attention an unsuspecting public with her scathing indictment of the post-World War II, agro-chemical industry. In the 46 years since the book’s publication the concept of sustainability, although rooted in agrarian symbolism, has infiltrated our Modern organizations; from medicine to politics; spirituality to science; education to social justice; industry to the corporation; the sciences to the arts—everyone is going Green. Many aspects of daily life have been touched by the notion that our conquest of nature puts humanity in danger. Believing we can master nature using knowledge and reason, is an Enlightenment construct conceived of by well meaning and God fearing men in the 15th century. In light of discoveries made by 20th century physicists, the world can no longer be accurately thought of as a giant clockworks, wound up by a distant and separate God. Although we are ever governed by cycles—orbit and rotation, one generation giving way to the next, the ebb and flow of oceanic tides, seasons for sowing and harvesting—the Modern model of a mechanistic universe has informed our existence for the past 500 years. On this web site I will argue that we have evolved past the mechanistic management practices that deplete resources (both natural and human,) and propose that we apply the principles of sustainability to the leadership of all organizations to regain the balance of people, planet, and profit.