Here is a current library of articles, book essays, poetry, and interviews. This listing is updated frequently.

Peruse our table of contents below or use the search magnifying glass in the menu bar to find specific articles. Please feel free to download and use any of these. If you want to make multiple copies for courses, books, or handouts, I appreciate you asking for permission. It helps me keep track of where things go and how these ideas are used.

I encourage you to look at the books and journals in which these articles appear. They often contain material from other authors that I think you will find interesting.


Solving Complex Problems; Relying on Inclusion and Diversity
MJW ©2022

Freeing Ourselves from the Addiction of Hope
Read by Micheal Dowd of Post Doom (mp3)
MJW ©2021

Are You an Optimist or a Pessimist?
MJW ©2019

Why Are We Behaving So Badly?; With 20:20 Vision, What Can We See More Clearly?
Medium magazine, MJW ©2020

The community of Warriors expands and deepens
MJW ©2019

National Park Advisory Board, including Meg, resigns en masse
MJW ©2018

Who Do You Choose to Be? The Rise and Fall of Civilisations
Academi of Wales Master Class, MJW ©2019, ©2017

Margaret Wheatley: Warriors for the Human Spirit; syndicated from, MJW ©2018
Listen to the podcast audio here.

Who Do You Choose to Be? An Invitation to the Nobility of Leadership
Leader to Leader Magazine, MJW ©2017

My Personal Journey into Warriorship
MJW ©2015

The Lifecycle of Emergence: Using Emergence to Take Social Innovation to Scale
Kosmos Journal, Spring/Summer 2015, MJW and Deborah Frieze ©2008

Leadership Lessons from Besieged Nuns
Global Sisters Report, MJW ©2014

Netzwerke der Gewalt: Terror in Zeiten des Internets
Evolve magazine, MJW ©2014

Living a Discerning Life in a Complex, Harsh World: An Interview with Margaret Wheatley
Occasional Papers, the journal of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, MJW ©2014

Capacity Building in Emergence
“The Gift Economy” seminar, MJW ©2013
Transcript available from i-Open Research web site.

Eight Fearless Questions
The Edge magazine, MJW ©2013, Shambhala Institute Core Program, MJW ©2006

MJW ©2005, 2012

Living in the Age of Distraction
Shambhala Sun, MJW ©2013

Lost and Found in a Brave New World
Leader to Leader Journal, MJW ©2013

An Invitation to Warriorship
The Landscape of Being, an e-book of art, photos, essays; MJW ©2012

Ancient Wisdom, Social Science, and the Vastness of the Human Spirit
Inner Peace – Global Impact: Tibetan Buddhism, Leadership, and Work
Information Age Publishing, MJW ©2012

Be Brave, Don’t Add to Fear and Aggression
Dalai Lama Center for Peace & Education, ©2011

The Big Learning Event
The BIG Learning Event: Powerful Conversations for the Future held at the University of Wisconsin Madison, MJW ©2011

Leadership in the Age of Complexity: From Hero to Host
Margaret Wheatley with Debbie Frieze ©2010, Resurgence Magazine, ©2011
French translation: Le Leadership a l’ère de la Complexite

Reweaving the Web of Connections
Yes Magazine, MJW ©2010

Perseverance: Lost in the Gulf of Mexico
YES Magazine, MJW ©2010

Are We All In This Together?
MJW ©2009

The Place Beyond Fear and Hope
Shambhala Sun, MJW ©2009

An Era of Powerful Possibility
The Nonprofit Quarterly, MJW ©2008

Capitalism and Community: In Search of Entrepreneurial Spirit
Strategy+Business, The Best Business Books of 2008, MJW and Carole Schwinn ©2008

Fearlessness: The Last Organisational Change Strategy
Business Executive, the Journal of the Association of Business Executives, MJW ©2008

What is Our Role in Creating Change?
2nd Edition of Turning to One Another, MJW ©2009, ©2008
French translation: Comment susciter le changement?

Can I Be Fearless?
2nd Edition of Turning to One Another, MJW ©2009, ©2008
Spanish translation: Puedo vivir con audacia?

Why We Need New Ways of Thinking
Shambhala Sun, Margaret Wheatley, Adam Kahane, Paul Hawken and others contribute to this article by Barry Boyce, ©2008

Using Emergence to Take Social Innovation to Scale
The Berkana Institute, MJW and Deborah Frieze ©2008

Usando el Poder de lo que Emerge para Potenciar la Innovación Social
(Using Emergence to Take Social Innovation to Scale – Spanish Translation)
The Berkana Institute, MJW and Deborah Frieze ©2008

Lezioni di Leadership per il Mondo Reale
(Leadership Lessons for the Real World – Italian Translation)
Leader to Leader Magazine, MJW ©2006

Leadership from Self-Organized Networks: Lessons from the War on Terror
Performance Improvement Quarterly Vol.20 No.2, MJW ©2007

How Large-Scale Change Really Happens: Working with Emergence
The School Administrator ©2007, Margaret Wheatley and Deborah Frieze ©2006

Journeying to a New World
Adaptation of the epilogue in Leadership and the New Science, 2nd Edition, MJW ©2006, ©1996

Relationships – The Basic Building Blocks of Life
MJW ©2006

The Real World – Leadership Lessons from Disaster Relief and Terrorist Networks
3rd Edition of Leadership and the New Science, MJW ©2006

Leadership Lessons for The Real World
Leader to Leader Magazine, MJW ©2006

To Be Free From
Mindful Politics, Wisdom Publications, ©2006, MJW ©2005

We Can Be Wise Only Together
The World Café: Shaping Our Futures Through Conversations That Matter, MJW ©2005

How is Your Leadership Changing
MJW ©2005

Is the Pace of Life Hindering Our Ability to Manage
Management Today, a publication of the Australian Institute of Management, MJW ©2004

Dark Night
Shambhala Sun, ©2003, MJW ©2002

When Change is Out of Our Control
“Human Resources in the 21st Century” John Wiley & Sons, MJW ©2003
French translation L’impuissance face au changement

The Servant-Leader: From Hero to Host
Voice of Servant-Leadership Series, MJW ©2002

What did you hope America would have learned from September 11?
Tikkun Magazine, MJW ©2002

Silence is the Problem
Shambhala Sun, MJW ©2002

Stressed Out Kids
Shambhala Sun, MJW ©2002

Speaking our Suffering
Spirituality and Health, MJW ©2002
Spanish translation: Compartir el Sufrimiento

Supporting Pioneering Leaders as Communities of Practice
MJW ©2002

Leadership In Turbulent Times Is Spiritual
Frontiers of Health Services Management, MJW ©2002
French translation: Le leadership en période de turbulence

It’s An Interconnected World
Shambhala Sun, MJW ©2002

Listening as Healing
Shambhala Sun, MJW ©2002

Partnering with Confusion and Uncertainty
Shambhala Sun, MJW ©2001
French translation: S’inspirer de la confusion et de l’incertitude

Can We Reclaim Time to Think?
Shambhala Sun, MJW ©2001

Relying on Human Goodness
Shambhala Sun, MJW ©2001

Restoring Hope to the Future through Critical Education of Leaders
Vimukt Shiksha, a bulletin of Shikshantar–The People’s Institute for Rethinking Education and Development, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India, MJW ©2001
Spanish Translation

The Real Work of Knowledge Management
IHRIM Journal, April-June 2001, Volume 5, Number 2, MJW ©2001

Innovation Means Relying on Everyone’s Creativity
Leader to Leader, MJW ©2001

Bringing Schools Back to Life : Schools as Living Systems in Creating Successful School Systems: Voices from the University, the Field, and the Community
Christopher-Gordon Publishers, MJW ©1999

Turning to One Another
Keynote Address, Kansas Health Foundation Leadership Institute, MJW ©2000

Maybe You Will Be The One: To My Sons and Their Friends
Imagine: What America Could Be in the 21st Century, Rodale Books, MJW ©2000
French translation: Maybe You Will Be The One

Disturb Me, Please!
The Works: Your Source to Being Fully Alive, MJW ©2000
Spanish translation: Moléstenme, por favor!

It Starts With Uncertainty
Shambala Sun, MJW & Pema Chodron ©1999

Consumed by Either Fire or Fire:- Journeying with T. S. Eliot
Journal of Noetic Science, MJW ©1999

Servant-Leadership and Community Leadership in the 21st Century 
Keynote Address, The Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership annual conference, MJW ©1999

What Do We Measure and Why
“Questions about the uses of measurement”, Journal for Strategic Performance Measurement, MJW and Myron Kellner-Rogers, ©1999

Reclaiming Gaia, Reclaiming Life
The Fabric of the Future, Conari Press, MJW ©1998

Bringing Life to Organizational Change
Journal for Strategic Performance Measurement, MJW and Myron Kellner-Rogers, ©1998
Spanish translation: Bringing Life to Organizational Change

Love and Fear in Organizations
National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Newsletter, Volume 20, Number 5, MJW ©1998

The Promise and Paradox of Community
The Community of the Future, Jossey-Bass, MJW and Myron Kellner-Rogers, ©1998

The New Story is Ours to Tell
World Business Academy / Perspectives on Business and Global Change, MJW ©1997

Goodbye, Command and Control
Leader to Leader, MJW ©1997

The Unplanned Organization: Learning from Nature’s Emergent Creativity
Noetic Sciences Review #37, MJW ©1996

The Irresistible Future of Organizing
MJW and Myron Kellner-Rogers ©1996

Chaos and Complexity: What Can Science Teach?
OD Practitioner, MJW ©1993