From Me to We: The Five Transformational Commitments Required to Rescue the Planet, Your Organization, and Your Life

Do you have any unexamined assumptions that lead to unintended consequences?  I know I do.   I just wish somebody would point them out to me so they would be more transparent.  I mean – really, wouldn’t it be a better use of my energy to be focusing on intentional outcomes.

In Bob Doppelt’s new book, “From Me to We: The Five Transformational 

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Commitments Required to Rescue the Planet, Your Organization, and Your Life”,  he claims we have a planet full of unexamined assumptions leading to unintended consequences.  Let’s face it, if we had been paying attention, I am sure we wouldn’t plan to run out of cheap oil, water, natural resources and bring on climate change all at the same time.  Just one or two of these challenges would have kept us plenty busy.

Here is a description of Dopplet’s book.  He will be talking about it on April 18 at the Sustainability Learning Centre’s monthly “Green Team” Lunch & Learn Webinar Series.  Join our Sustainability Learning Network (its Free!) and sign up for Bob’s presentation.  We just might gain some insight into some of those “unexamined assumptions”!

About the Book:

 “Massive floods, damaging windstorms, prolonged droughts, intense heat waves and other extreme weather events, coming at a time of economic collapse, escalating social friction and political unrest have left many people confused and despondent. Everywhere we look, the systems we depend on seem to be collapsing.

Every human being adopts beliefs and assumptions that help them interpret reality. Yet, our long held assumptions and beliefs cannot explain these tumultuous changes, nor do they provide credible solutions.

Until now.

Systems are organic with stocks, flows and positive and negative reinforcing feedback loops.

From Me to We: The Five Transformational Commitments Required to Rescue the Planet, Your Organization, and Your Life by renowned systems change expert Bob Doppelt reveals that most individuals and organizations today, and the activities of society as a whole, have been guided by fundamental misjudgments about how life on planet Earth works, and what it means to live a good and decent life. The most deeply held illusion is that all organisms on Earth, including we humans, exist as freestanding independent entities.

“The consequences of this fantasy are startling. Because we fail to see that each of us exists only because we are part of complex ecological and social systems,” says Doppelt, “we incessantly repeat behaviors and produce technologies and policies that degrade those systems and thus ourselves.”

At the most fundamental level, the change needed to overcome our misperceptions and successfully resolve issues such as climate change, economic collapse and social injustice is a shift from focusing only on ‘me’- our personal needs and wants – to prioritizing the broader ‘we’ – the many ecological and social systems we are part of that make life possible and worth while. Research shows that by using the techniques described in Doppelt’s book this shift is possible – and not that difficult to achieve.

From Me to Weis a wake-up call to the creed of extreme individualism,” adds Doppelt.

We all want vibrant communities and a good future for our children.

“It’s a call for recognition of the laws of interdependence, cause and effect, moral justice, trusteeship, and free will. The book will be essential to all of those interested in how we can create and stimulate a sea change in how to enable the necessary behavioral change we need to deal with the myriad environmental and social pressures consuming the planet.”

Through an integration of psychology, ecology, and long held spiritual precepts, From Me to We, offers five transformational ‘commitments’ that can help you change your perspective and engage in activities that will help resolve today’s environmental and social problems. Easily understood by executives as well as lay readers these five ‘natural laws’ form the basis of all ecological and social sustainability. They include:

1. The first commitment: See the systems you are a part

2. The second commitment: Be accountable for all the consequences of your actions

3. The third commitment: Abide by society’s most deeply held universal principles of morality and justice

4. The fourth commitment: Acknowledge your trustee obligations and take responsibility for the continuation of all life

5. The fifth commitment: Choose your own destiny

“From Me to We,” notes Doppelt, “provides a simple, logical new code-of-thinking and conduct that can motivate and inspire executives, teachers, government officials, and laypeople alike to make the changes needed to resolve climate change, social distress and many other contemporary challenges all while enhancing their personal happiness and wellbeing.”

(Extracted from a media release on the book)

ABOUT BOB DOPPELT:  Systems-change expert Bob Doppelt is Executive Director of The Resource Innovation Group (TRIG), a 17-year old sustainability and global climate change education, research, and technical assistance organization affiliated with the Center for Sustainable Communities at Willamette University, where he is also a Senior Fellow.

Bob is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management at the University of Oregon where he teaches systems thinking and global warming policy. In addition, he has taught at the Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco and at the Bainbridge Graduate Institute in Seattle.

Bob is trained as both a counseling psychologist and an environmental resource manager. Throughout his career he has combined the two areas of expertise and focused on environmentally focused individual, organizational, and social change.

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About Kathryn Cooper

Kathryn Cooper is a committed sustainability practitioner and educator moving companies toward “green” profitability and sustainable competitive advantage by unlocking human creativity and technical innovation. Over the last two years she has had the privilege to work with companies like Dupont, Zerofootprint, WWF Canada, and Partners in Project Green on sustainability issues, best practices and renewable energy. Kathryn is a graduate of York University with a Master of Education specializing on Sustainability and the Environment. She holds an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Guelph.
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