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Freeing Ourselves from the Addiction of Hope

Margaret Wheatley ©2021

My Intention: This article presents a severe critique of current attempts to increase activism by offering people more causes for hope, causes founded on false premises. My intention is to warn us

activists away from the drug of hope, to fully face the reality of climate change, to end the deceit that we can reverse these changes through our indomitable human spirits. Freed from a hope-filled drugged state, with appropriate humility and reliable compassion, we can identify roles for ourselves that make a difference in how we stay together and alleviate suffering. We cannot save the world but we can embody our best human qualities of generosity, creativity and compassion to offer support, companionship, consolation and humor to those within our sphere of influence.

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The siren song of hope is sung with increasing volume these days in a number of events, books and podcasts that promise us more hope. The need to be hopeful rises in direct proportion to our growing despair as we recognize the destruction of planet, peoples, species and the future. This relationship between hope and despair is guaranteed–they’re two sides of the same coin. Buddhist wisdom has warned us for millennia that hope and fear are one emotional state: when what was hoped for fails to materialize, we flip into fear or despair. Motivated by hope, we end up in despair; the greater the hope, the greater the despair. Those who seek hope as their motivation for activism are doomed to suffer this disabling dynamic.

Yet I want to honor those who search for hope as people who have not given up or turned away. They want to make a difference, they want to stay involved, they want to contribute. Their good intention to offer themselves in service lures them into the false promise that, with more hope, they’ll have more energy, focus and conviction that they can stop the destruction and chaos now upon us.

This disastrous pursuit of hope as our primary motivator finds strength from certain assumptions proudly exclaimed. We proclaim the power of human will. If we act in solidarity with others, we have the power to turn things around. A summit on hope proclaims “together we can, together we will.” It’s up to us humans, independent of any other dynamics on this planet, to create positive change.

Declaring human’s capacity to create change oblivious to other causes and conditions is unconscious Anthropocentrism, the unexamined arrogance that we are Masters of the Universe.

Similarly, we claim hope is justified because we have faith in human nature. Our efforts will succeed because humans are unstoppable, indomitable (I’m quoting an event brochure). The grave danger here is that when our efforts fail, what do we attribute as the cause of that failure? Have people failed to live up to our expectations? Are we humans not as good as we thought? Does our shattered faith lead to cynicism and withdrawal?

Relying on hope sets us on the path to despair and cynicism, the very emotions we are trying to avoid by grasping for hope. But in this culture, hope is an addiction.

Hopium—”Irrational or Unwarranted Optimism” 1
Many have noted that we live in a culture addicted to hope–we can’t imagine making it through a day without it. Like all addicts, we get caught in the cycle of craving—we need more and more of our drug to get any effects. We don’t question the drug or its negative effects on us, we just have to find more sources to give us the high that keeps us going.

1 Hopium 1.An addiction to false hopes. 2. The state of wallowing in self-pity combined with the delusion of potential fame/greatness. www.Urbandictionary.com

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Through the haze of addiction, we grow increasingly confused over what can truly sustain us to stay active and caring in this world. Without hope as our energy source, how can we work for positive change? If we don’t see big results, why would we work so hard? If we don’t succeed, what’s the point of doing anything?

The Bible says, “without vision, the people perish.” But with hope as our primary motivator, we perish in cynicism and despair when our efforts are defeated by forces indifferent to and stronger than our heartfelt attempts.

The Hopeful are Science Deniers

When we declare our human power to create change, we deny the planet and the known sciences of how the planet works. It seems bizarre, but our declarations of human power are based on science denial. Who would have thought we’d be in league with climate deniers.

We have no trouble accepting the fact that humans have caused these massive losses of species and habitat and the new-normal of climate extremes. But when we believe we can stop these processes by banding together and singing songs of hope to each other, we are denying the science, the reality of how this planet works, the reality of where we are.

To say we are unstoppable or indomitable is to place humans in the God position, a role we’ve failed at for several hundred years. Now, living in the wreckage we created by ignoring the planet, living now with the planet’s predictable responses, who do we think we are to reenter the arena declaring our capacity for victory? We pump ourselves up with hope like a sports team on steroids preparing for a tough game. But this game has its own rules which we ignored and violated for centuries. It is the height of Anthropomorphism–asserting ourselves as the primary players–to proclaim that we are indomitable.

The Myth of Progress

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In addition to this obvious Anthropocentrism, we are blinded by another cultural norm: progress is inherent, things are always improving despite temporary setbacks, optimism for the future is always justified. But we all know in our direct experience that Life is cyclical, not progressive. Everything alive passes through the repeating cycles of birth and death. Yet belief in progress, the myth of progress, is sacrosanct in American culture. This unchallenged belief is clearly evident in how we think about evolution and tipping points.

It is very common for evolution to be used as a synonym for progress. But this is not how evolution works. Evolution is a description of how all living beings respond to changes in their environment, how they adapt to current circumstances. These adaptations are for survival; they can either be a step forward or back. ‘Success’ is defined as survival, not as progress or increased capacity. Those who adapt survive; fit for their local environment, survivors continue the species.

We also apply the myth of progress to “tipping points.” Here also, we’ve assumed that when a system tipped, it would be for the better. (I’m aware of activists who’ve worked hard to reach a sufficient number of people to tip the human species into new ways of thinking and acting, including higher states of consciousness.)

Tipping points are real. They describe a system’s sudden change into a new way of being from which there is no return. These dramatic shifts can be dangerous or progressive but, once tipped, there is no way back.

If the change is negative, the only route is to focus on mitigation, not reversal. Climate scientists currently are tracking many planetary tipping points that have either occurred or are anticipated soon, any one of which severely threatens the planet’s ability to sustain life.2

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The geological record shows that abrupt changes in the Earth system can occur on timescales short enough to challenge the capacity of human societies to adapt to environmental pressures. In many cases, abrupt changes arise from slow changes in one component of the Earth system that eventually pass a critical threshold, or tipping point, after which impacts cascade through coupled climate–ecological–social systems. Brovkin, V., Brook, E.,

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Self-reinforcing Feedback Loops 3
Living Systems, i.e. the planet, behave in highly probable ways. In the past few decades, science has developed a rich understanding of the laws and patterns by which everything alive participates in the web of life, an incomprehensible complexity of interrelationships and interbeing. When we declare ourselves Masters of the Universe, when we hope to intervene to create positive change, we are avoiding reality.

We only see what we want to see and what we insist on seeing is anything that gives us hope. It’s a self-reinforcing feedback loop that distorts reality, creating blindness rather than clear seeing.

Beyond our personal perceptual loops, self-reinforcing feedback loops are critical to our understanding of what’s going on with the planet. In these next paragraphs, I go into scientific descriptions, deliberately.4 It requires your attention to absorb the complexity described here, but if we don’t understand how the planet works, we waste our energy on false pursuits fueled by hope, not reality.

Here is perhaps the most dire example of a self-reinforcing feedback loop: the imminent loss of Arctic sea ice and the melting of the Greenland ice sheet.5 Warmer oceans have shifted atmospheric currents so that the Arctic (including Siberia) have longer periods of extreme hot weather, above 100 degrees for several days in Summer. Melting ice introduces fresh water into

Williams, J.W. et al. Past abrupt changes, tipping points and cascading impacts in the Earth system. Nat. Geosci. 14, 550–558 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41561-021-00790-5

3 Scientist Guy McPherson has detailed 65 self-reinforcing feedback loops, any one of which threatens the planet’s ability to support life. See www.guymcpherson.com. His site is a treasure trove of his pioneering and prophetic work on near-term environmental collapse. “Our days are numbered. Passionately pursue a life of excellence.”
4 The most inclusive and comprehensive resource of scientific information about the planet, presented in a deeply compassionate and spiritual framing, is the brilliant work of eco-theologian Michael Dowd at www.postdoom.com. 5 For in-depth details and good tutorials, see the National Ice and Sea Data Center https://nsidc.org/cryosphere/icelights/arctic-sea-ice-impacts

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the northern Atlantic. Lower salinity decreases the density of water so that cool water fails to sink quickly. The conveyor belt action of the Gulf Stream (a major player in the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation AMOC) slows down, less cool water is circulated to the tropics so the oceans warm. (Scientists are extremely alarmed to observe that the Gulf Stream is at its slowest in 1600 years.)

The loss of Arctic ice also directly accelerates the heating of oceans and atmosphere. Less ice means more dark open water. The reflective power of white snow is lost (Albedo effect); dark waters absorb more heat, contributing to more ice melt and inhibiting the creation of new ice during the winter. Increased heat has resulted in permafrost melting that releases methane and carbon; methane is 100 times more toxic than CO2 in the atmosphere. A rerouted and slower Gulf Stream is now evident in colder and wetter climate in Northern Europe and Scandinavia, more frequent and severe storms pummeling the southeast coast of the U.S., droughts and desertification in Africa and changes in monsoons in India and SE Asia.

Self-reinforcing feedback loops are why every recent science report states that the effects observed are happening “faster than expected” or “earlier than expected.” Why is this true? The interconnections and feedback loops in any system are not easily observable; only when we see effects can we begin to understand the complexity and density of interrelated causes. You can’t see into a system until you prod or provoke it; the dense web of interconnections remains invisible until you act (I learned this as an organizational consultant engaged in systems change).

Today we suffer the effects of what was set in motion minimally 10-20 years ago as we indifferently dumped outrageous levels of CO2 into the atmosphere. The present situation was created by past behaviors. These changes are irreversible, the ice melt will continue, the Earth will continue heating. This tipping point has tipped.

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Nature Always Bats Last

These are the facts of inhabiting a living system with its known and predictable behaviors. While we ignored these dynamics and played God with our future, the planet simply kept acting according to its laws and dynamics. We may now want to change our relationship, learning Indigenous ways of partnering with Nature, taking our place in the family of all beings, surrendering our domination, admitting defeat—but it’s far too late. Nature behaves as Nature. We got it wrong, we insisted on ignorance and then denial fueled by greed. No degree of faith in human beings, no amount of sloganeering “We can and we will” can influence the inexorable course of the planet. Gaia isn’t the slightest bit interested in our aspirations now to partner with her. She is batting last and the game has always been rigged against any contender.

So What Do We Do?

I didn’t lead you through this difficult journey to abandon you to despair. My intention is to relieve you of the terrible burden of hope, its blinders that prevent us from discerning where and how we might contribute. I know from years of personal experience how impossible it is to absorb this information without being overcome by despair. But the antidote to despair is not to drug ourselves with hope. Free of hope and fear, we can see more clearly. With clear seeing and genuine curiosity, we can discover our work, work that truly contributes to what is needed.

Nature bats last. And we are still here, wanting to make a contribution, wanting to discover what is meaningful work in the face of this known future.

What I now describe as your future state is true in my own experience and those of leaders training with me as Warriors for the Human Spirit. Above all, you have to be very patient and compassionate with yourself—it takes time to get ‘clean’ of an addiction and they’ll be many times when you reach again for a dose of hope just to feel better—briefly. But once free of hope, you will notice you have more energy and interest in the world. You want to discover where you might be needed, the form of your work, and what skills you can offer.

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I have learned the power and pleasure of asking one question continuously:

What is needed here? Am I the right person to contribute to this need?

Sorrow is Our Constant Companion

We aspire to see clearly to determine how best to be useful. As we open to the world as it is, we feel intensifying grief and sadness. These searing emotions cannot be avoided or repressed in this world of sorrows and tribulations. Sadness is the consequence of waking up to what’s truly going on, refusing to deny or turn away. Yet sadness also opens our hearts and releases genuine compassion and love. Freed from denial, motivated by love not hope, we discover many ways to be useful, to lend support, to console one another, to honor the magnitude of this time, to laugh together at the incomprehensible insanity, to let the darkness of the future bring us to the light of the present moment that always offers abundant opportunities for relationship and service.

We did not save the world. And we can still be the best of human beings: generous, creative and kind to one another. This is an infinite well from which humans always have drawn strength no matter what is going on around us. What we thought we needed to feel nourished–respect, impact, big results, large scale change—these no longer pressure us. We are free to notice where we are needed. And contribute what we can, sometimes with positive impact, sometimes without good results.

For everything we care about, for every cause that we continue to serve in our long history of activism, we now engage with greater wholeheartedness. We bring everything we know–our hard-earned wisdom and skills–to these causes. Whatever our level of success or failure, we don’t give up. We learn to embody Vaclav Havel’s redefinition of hope as a potent energy fueled by commitment rather than achievement.

We engage because it’s the right thing to do. We say, “I can’t not do this work,” the most meaningful double negative of all time.

Are You an Optimist or a Pessimist?

Margaret Wheatley ©2019

 

Some people want to put us into a category.
Some people only feel good when they know where they fit.

Are you an optimist?
A pessimist?

Really, there’s only one right answer. You have to be an optimist.
Otherwise you’re a drag. No fun to be around. Dr. Death.
And a new term, you’re from the “Doomsphere.”

In the past, we were taught to note our worldview by looking at a glass of water.
Is the glass half empty? Is it half full?

Your answer defines your identity: Gloom and doom or hopeful and great to hang
out with.

What a nonsensical question this is. Is the glass half full or half empty?
Who cares?!

The right question for Warriors is:
Who needs the water and how can we get it to them?
What is the work that needs doing and how can I contribute to making it
happen?

No labels. Just seeing clearly what needs to be done and stepping up to do it.

What This World Needs

Margaret Wheatley ©2016

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This world does not need more entrepreneurs.
This world does not need more technology breakthroughs.
This world needs leaders.

We need leaders who put service over self, who can be steadfast through crises and failures, who want to stay present and make a difference to the people, situations and causes they care about.

We need leaders who are committed to serving people, who recognize what is being lost in the haste to dominate, ignore and abuse the human spirit.

We need leaders because leadership has been debased as those who take things to scale or are first to market or dominate the competition or develop killer apps. Or hold onto power by constantly tightening their stranglehold of fear until people are left lifeless and cowering.

We need leaders now because we have failed to implement what was known to work, what would have prevented or mitigated the rise of hatred, violence, poverty and ecological destruction. We have not failed from a lack of ideas and technologies. We have failed from a lack of will. The solutions we needed were already here.

Now it is too late. We cannot solve these global issues globally. We can see them clearly. We can understand their root causes. We have evidence of solutions that would have solved them. But we refused to compromise, to collaborate, to persevere in resolving them as an intelligent, creative species living on one precious planet.

Now it’s up to us, not as global leaders but as local leaders. We can lead people to create positive changes locally that make life easier and more sustainable, that create possibility in the midst of global decline.

Let us use whatever power and influence we have, working with whatever resources are already available, mobilizing the people who are with us to work for what they care about.

As President Teddy Roosevelt enjoined us:

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.

in Who Do We Choose To Be? (Berrett-Koehler 2017)

MARGARET WHEATLEY’S WRITINGS AND INTERVIEWS

Why Are We Behaving So Badly?; With 20:20 Vision, What Can We See More Clearly?
Article by Margaret Wheatley
Medium magazine, December 2020

The community of Warriors expands and deepens
Article by Margaret Wheatley, May 2019

National Park Advisory Board, including Meg, resigns en masse
Article plus letter written by Meg, January 2018
Margaret Wheatley ©2018

Who Do You Choose to Be? The Rise and Fall of Civilisations (PDF)
Academi of Wales Master Class, September 2019
Margaret Wheatley ©2017

Margaret Wheatley: Warriors for the Human Spirit
Published via DailyGood.org; syndicated from SoundsTrue.com
March 29, 2018
In this episode of the Sounds True podcast series Insights at the Edge, Tami Simon and Meg Wheatley speak on cycles of life and history, the need to see our present moment with clear eyes, and the necessity of creating “islands of sanity” within our communities and what it means to become a warrior for the human spirit. Listen to the podcast audio here.

Who Do You Choose to Be? An Invitation to the Nobility of Leadership (PDF)
Leader to Leader Magazine, Summer 2017
Margaret Wheatley ©2017

My Personal Journey into Warriorship
Margaret Wheatley ©2015

The Lifecycle of Emergence: Using Emergence to Take Social Innovation to Scale (PDF)
Kosmos Journal, Spring/Summer 2015
Margaret Wheatley and Deborah Frieze ©2008

Leadership Lessons from Besieged Nuns” 
Column for Global Sisters Report, December 22, 2014

Netzwerke der Gewalt: Terror in Zeiten des Internets (PDF)
Interview in German for the November 2014 edition of Evolve magazine. (translation: Networks of Violence: Terror in the Internet Era)

Living a Discerning Life in a Complex, Harsh World: An Interview with Margaret Wheatley (PDF)
An interview for Occasional Papers, the journal of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious Thursday, April 3, 2014

Capacity Building in Emergence
Margaret Wheatley presented “The Gift Economy” seminar November 1, 2013 at the River’s Edge Cleveland in Rocky River, Ohio.The transcript of the seminar is available from i-Open Research web site.

Eight Fearless Questions
From the Shambhala Institute Core Program, Halifax, June 2006, published in The Edge magazine, Online Edition, August 2013

Groundlessness (PDF)
Margaret Wheatley ©2005, 2012

Living in the Age of Distraction (PDF)
Published in Shambhala Sun,  May 2013

Lost and Found in a Brave New World
Published in Leader to Leader Journal, Spring 2013

An Invitation to Warriorship (PDF)
Article in The Landscape of Being, an e-book of art, photos, essays (2012)

Ancient Wisdom, Social Science, and the Vastness of the Human Spirit (PDF)
An Interview With Margaret Wheatley with Kathryn Goldman Schuyler
From Inner Peace – Global Impact: Tibetan Buddhism, Leadership, and Work
Information Age Publishing (2012)

Be Brave, Don’t Add to Fear and Aggression
Posted on the Dalai Lama Center for Peace & Education (October 20, 2011)

The Big Learning Event (PDF)
Margaret Wheatley © 2011
Prepared for The BIG Learning Event: Powerful Conversations for the Future held at the University of Wisconsin Madison, June 2011

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

Reweaving the Web of Connections  (PDF)
Margaret Wheatley ©2010
Originally appeared as a blog on Yes Magazine’s site

Perseverance: Lost in the Gulf of Mexico  (PDF)
from Margaret Wheatley’s YES Magazine Blog, June 2010
Read the blog at http://www.yesmagazine.org/blogs/margaret-wheatley/
Margaret Wheatley ©2010

Are We All In This Together? (PDF)
Margaret Wheatley ©2009

The True Professional (PDF)
A poem
Margaret Wheatley ©2009

Raven, Teach Me to Ride the Winds of Change (PDF)
A poem (January 2009)
Margaret Wheatley ©2009

The Place Beyond Fear and Hope (PDF)
Shambhala Sun, March 2009
Shambhala Sun ©2009 www.shambhalasun.com

An Era of Powerful Possibility (PDF)
from The Nonprofit Quarterly, Winter 2008
©2008    www.npqmag.org

Capitalism and Community: In Search of Entrepreneurial Spirit (PDF)
from Strategy+Business, The Best Business Books of 2008, Winter 2008
Margaret Wheatley and Carole Schwinn ©2008

Fearlessness: The Last Organisational Change Strategy (PDF)
Published in Business Executive, the Journal of the Association of Business
Executives (England) ©2008 http://www.abeuk.com

What is Our Role in Creating Change? (PDF)
In the Second Edition of Turning to One Another, January 2009, Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Margaret Wheatley ©2008
See also: French translation: Comment susciter le changement? (PDF)

Can I Be Fearless?  (PDF)
In the Second Edition of Turning to One Another, January 2009, Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Margaret Wheatley ©2008
See also Spanish translation: Puedo vivir con audacia? (PDF)

Why We Need New Ways of Thinking (PDF)
Margaret Wheatley, Adam Kahane, Paul Hawken and others contribute to
this article by Barry Boyce
Shambhala Sun, August/September 2008 Issue
Shambhala Sun ©2008 www.shambhalasun.com

Using Emergence to Take Social Innovation to Scale (PDF)
Publication of The Berkana Institute
Margaret Wheatley and Deborah Frieze ©2008 www.berkana.org

Usando el Poder de lo que Emerge para Potenciar la Innovación Social  (PDF)
(Using Emergence to Take Social Innovation to Scale – Spanish Translation)
Publication of The Berkana Institute
Margaret Wheatley and Deborah Frieze ©2008 www.berkana.org

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

Leadership from Self-Organized Networks: Lessons from the War on Terror (PDF file)
from Performance Improvement Quarterly Vol.20 No.2, 2007
Margaret Wheatley ©2007

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

Journeying to a New World (PDF)
Adaptation of the epilogue in Leadership and the New Science, Second Ed., Berrett-Koehler, 1996
Margaret Wheatley ©2006

Relationships – The Basic Building Blocks of Life (PDF)
Margaret Wheatley ©2006

The Real World – Leadership Lessons from Disaster Relief and Terrorist Networks (PDF)
Written for the Third Edition of Leadership and the New Science, Berrett-Koehler Publishers 2006
Margaret Wheatley ©2006

Leadership Lessons for The Real World (PDF)
Leader to Leader Magazine, Summer 2006
Margaret Wheatley ©2006
See also: Italian translation Lezioni di Leadership per il Mondo Reale

To Be Free From (PDF)
published in Mindful Politics, Wisdom Publications, 2006
Margaret Wheatley ©2005

We Can Be Wise Only Together (PDF)
Preface for The World Café: Shaping Our Futures Through Conversations That Matter
Margaret Wheatley ©2005

How is Your Leadership Changing (PDF)
Margaret Wheatley ©2005

Solving not Attacking Complex Problems (PDF)
by Margaret Wheatley and Geoff Crinean ©2004

Is the Pace of Life Hindering Our Ability to Manage (PDF)
Management Today, a publication of the Australian Institute of Management, March 2004
An Interview With Margaret Wheatley ©2004

Dark Night (PDF)
Shambhala Sun, 2003
Margaret Wheatley ©2002

When Change is Out of Our Control (PDF)
published in “Human Resources in the 21st Century”
John Wiley & Sons, 2003
See also: French translation L’impuissance face au changement (PDF)

Dream World (PDF)
A prose poem
Margaret Wheatley ©2002

The Servant-Leader: From Hero to Host” (PDF)
Voice of Servant-Leadership Series
An Interview With Margaret Wheatley ©2002

“What did you hope America would have learned from September 11?” (PDF)
Tikkun Magazine Fall 2002

Silence is the Problem” (PDF)
Shambhala Sun, November 2002

Stressed Out Kids‘(PDF)
Shambhala Sun, September 2002

Speaking our Suffering” (PDF)
Spirituality and Health, Summer 2002
See also: Spanish translation Compartir el Sufrimiento (PDF)

Supporting Pioneering Leaders as Communities of Practice” (PDF)

Leadership In Turbulent Times Is Spiritual” (PDF)
Frontiers of Health Services Management, Summer 2002
See also: French translation Le leadership en période de turbulence (PDF)

It’s An Interconnected World” PDF)
Shambhala Sun May 2002

Listening as Healing” (PDF)
Shambhala Sun January 2002

Partnering with Confusion and Uncertainty” (PDF)
Shambhala Sun November 2001
See also: Spanish translation: No Est? Tan Segura/o
See also: French translation: S’inspirer de la confusion et de l’incertitude (PDF)

Can We Reclaim Time to Think? ” (PDF)
Shambhala Sun September 2001

Relying on Human Goodness” (PFD)
Shambhala Sun, July 2001

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

The Real Work of Knowledge Management” (PDF)
IHRIM Journal, April-June 2001, Volume 5, Number 2, pp.29-33

Innovation Means Relying on Everyone’s Creativity” (PDF)
Leader to Leader, Spring 2001

Bringing Schools Back to Life : Schools as Living Systems”
in Creating Successful School Systems: Voices from the University, the Field, and the Community
 (PDF)
(Christopher-Gordon Publishers, September 1999)

Turning to One Another” (PDF)
Keynote Address Spring 2000, Kansas Health Foundation 2000 Leadership Institute

Maybe You Will Be The One: To My Sons and Their Friends” (PDF)
in Imagine: What America Could Be in the 21st Century (Rodale Books, June 2000)
See also: Maybe You Will Be The One: FRENCH TRANSLATION (PDF)

Disturb Me, Please!” (PDF)
in The Works: Your Source to Being Fully Alive, Summer 2000
See also: Moléstenme, por favor! – SPANISH TRANSLATION (PDF)

It Starts With Uncertainty” (PDF)
Shambala Sun, November 1999
Margaret Wheatley & Pema Chodron

Consumed by Either Fire or Fire:- Journeying with T. S. Eliot” (PDF)
Journal of Noetic Science, November 1999

Servant-Leadership and Community Leadership in the 21st Century” (PDF)
Keynote Address, The Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership annual conference, June 1999

What Do We Measure and Why? (PDF)
Questions about the uses of measurement”
Journal for Strategic Performance Measurement, June 1999
Margaret Wheatley and Myron Kellner-Rogers

Reclaiming Gaia, Reclaiming Life” (PDF)
in The Fabric of the Future, (Conari Press, September 1998)

Bringing Life to Organizational Change” (PDF)
Journal for Strategic Performance Measurement, April/May 1998
Margaret J. Wheatley & Myron Kellner-Rogers
See also: Bringing Life to Organizational Change SPANISH TRANSLATION (PDF)

Love and Fear in Organizations” (PDF)
National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Newsletter, May 1998, Volume 20, Number 5

The Promise and Paradox of Community” (PDF)
in The Community of the Future (Jossey-Bass, 1998)
Margaret J. Wheatley & Myron Kellner-Rogers

The New Story is Ours to Tell” (PDF)
World Business Academy / Perspectives on Business and Global Change, June 1997

Goodbye, Command and Control” (PDF)
Leader to Leader, July 1997

The Unplanned Organization: Learning from Nature’s Emergent Creativity (PDF)
from Noetic Sciences Review #37, Spring 1996
Margaret Wheatley ©1996

The Irresistible Future of Organizing” (PDF)
July/August 1996
Margaret J. Wheatley and Myron Kellner-Rogers

Chaos and Complexity: What Can Science Teach? (PDF)
from OD Practitioner, Fall 1993