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From ChangeThis: I call the environment in which we live the Econosphere. It is the world created by and governing of human decision making, and it is our home. It provides for us and nurtures us. It reacts to and informs our every interaction and, if we understand it, allows us to optimize the use of our life spans moment by moment. This environment is not, however, one made of oxygen and hydrogen, oil and steel, high mountains and low plains. Rather, the Econosphere is our social environment, where we work, live, raise our families, and govern ourselves. We need to start thinking about the economy as a holistic, natural system. To those who are inclined to see it, it is breathtaking choreography on a global scale with billions of performers, each one in character, playing his or her unique role so that the entire ensemble shines. The Econosphere provides for us, yet it is also of us.
Seeing Things Whole is a community of business leaders and scholars dedicated to exploring the intersection of spirituality, values and organizational life and performance. We are drawn by a vision of a world in which the performance of organizations is measured no longer on the basis of a single bottom line, but rather on multiple bottom lines which together more fully reflect the health and impact of the organization on the world around it.
People want more from their work than a paycheck. They want to make a difference in the world around them, to be part of teams and organizations committed to a larger purpose, companies worthy of their trust and loyalty. The art of seeing things whole begins the simple affirmation that all things are connected. The more difficult thing is to recognize these connections in the midst of the complex challenge we face day-to-day, and to act in ways that reflect this recognition.
by Melvin E. Conway: That kind of intellectual activity which creates a whole from its diverse parts may be called the design of a system. Whether the particular activity is the creation of specifications for a major weapon system, the formation of a recommendation to meet a social challenge, or the programming of a computer, the general activity is largely the same.