You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the old one obsolete.
Buckminster Fuller

The Story of Separation

The scientific/mechanistic mindset is the single most important and influential worldview to have contributed to the rise of our global extractive economy. From the scientific and industrial worldview, where you view all nature as functional parts to be understood and controlled, nature becomes ever more subject to the service of humanity. Nature’s precious resources became commodities along with the commodification of people. Her forests plundered for wood, her rainforests cleared for mono cropped agriculture, her rock industrially mined for metals and ores, her soil compacted and deadened through machinery and chemicals, her waters choked with pollutants and plastics, her animals bred and farmed to death. When all things are parts and not wholes, the systemic and interconnected view of the world is lost. When the interconnected view of the world is lost, unintended consequences that have ramifications across systems become the norm.

This worldview is readily evident in our organisations today where management theory is dominated by productivity, profitability, efficiency — all neatly categorised in disconnected silos. It’s present in the call centre cubicles, assembly lines, factories, intensive cattle feed lots, car parks, so-called ‘new towns’ and series ranks of little boxes housing estates of the late 20th century devoid of spaces in which humans and nature could come together.

In this consciousness, people are keenly aware of the social and environmental damage of the achievement era, and began to replace its exigencies with social and environmental justice. Sustainability was born here. Corporate Social Responsibility has its home here. It works from a perspective of developing positive values, empowering people within existing hierarchies to participate and question, and considers a much wider variety of stakeholders. It could be described as a ‘do good’ paradigm of thought or at the very least ‘do less harm’, ‘stop the rot’. It aims to protect and preserve what is left of our decimated nature, and to heal the hurt of our broken people.