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intro’d to Peter via the presencing institute global forum 2014

Systems Thinking and The Gap Between Aspirations and Performance

Published on Oct 10, 2013

In his keynote presentation to our Climate, Buildings and Behavior symposium last month, leading organizational thinker Peter Senge offers a distillation of his insights into the most important factors in achieving meaningful change for the environment or in any sphere of life. They include positive aspirations instead of negative admonitions (“the power of aspiration is much greater than the power of desperation”), the desire and vision to bring into being and develop something new (like building a cathedral, or raising a child) and networks of relationships with collaborators engaged in “collective, creative process.” Whatever kind of personal or social change work you’re engaged in, you’ll take away actionable insights from this accessible and profound talk.

what we really need to do is create alternate ways..

can’t just tell people how bad they are .. and say..

be less bad..

the power of aspiration.. much greater than power of desperation, ie: people didn’t build cathedrals because they had an 

6 min – if the energy is primarily one of solving problems.. you get a totally different type of process than if the energy is primarily one of bringing into existence something you care about..

11:30 – it’s our networks of collaboration – how we create..

we get focused on the doing.. when it’s the qualities of those relationships that matter

reflecting on our knowledge networks.. who needs who…

love – as the act of allowing another to be a legitimate other

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Peter Michael Senge (born 1947) is an American scientist and director of the Center for Organizational Learning at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is known as author of the book The Fifth Discipline: The art and practice of the learning organization from 1990 (new edition 2006). He is a senior lecturer at the System Dynamics Group at MIT Sloan School of Management, and co-faculty at the New England Complex Systems Institute.

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nov 2014 Otto and Peter:

on noticing. on being.

where you put your focus.. where your love goes rather than your fear

global means everything.. doesn’t have to be big

doing small things with great love.

simple delight of working together with others on things you really care about

so busy focusing on the thing rather than the relational space

14 min – when you’re doing what you’re doing because you want to… creates such a bond

17 min – how to hold the space for a different kind of organizing

what does it mean to create a platform for others to do things and you to be invisible

20 min – creating spaces where something can happen… that journey is a journey of letting go.. the premise is that if i don’t do it it won’t happen

the – what i have to do in order for it to happen – may literally be what’s standing in the way..


5 min video from 2011

Mark Storm (@marksstorm) tweeted at 12:17 AM – 20 Jul 2018 :
Webs of Interdependence — Peter Senge on systems thinking. @2heartoftheart (

deep learning.. i have to be prepared to be wrong.. if it was pretty obvious what needed to be done we’d already be doing it.. so i’m most likely part of the problem..

we all probably spent too much time thinking about smart individuals.. we need collective smartness.. ie: cities..