The Evo­lu­tion­ary Leap to Flour­ish­ing In­di­vid­u­als and Or­ga­ni­za­tions

Sustainabilitynext - - Bookshelf - By Cen­ter for Evo­lu­tion­ary Learn­ing, 2017, Routledge

The last thing the world needs is yet an­other book de­lin­eat­ing busi­ness-in­duced dan­gers and dam­ages such as en­vi­ron­men­tal dis­as­ters, so­cial in­equal­i­ties and un­eth­i­cal con­duct.

And yet, suc­cess in achiev­ing sus­tain­able growth - whether for the in­di­vid­ual, or­ga­ni­za­tion, or the so­cial com­mu­nity - has mostly eluded us. Just as a com­pass nee­dle moves to mag­netic north, our deeply seated be­hav­iors push us back to prac­tices that are fa­mil­iar and com­fort­able, even when we have sought to make a change to act in ways that are more sus­tain­able.

How can we gen­er­ate this deep and durable change in our val­ues and be­liefs, and thus both in our in­di­vid­ual and col­lec­tive de­ci­sions and be­hav­ior at work? How can we un­veil the best of our hu­man qual­i­ties by learn­ing to raise our con­scious­ness to a more pro­found per­cep­tion of our­selves and our re­la­tion­ship with the whole? And what if such a change could lead to an ‘evo­lu­tion­ary leap’ to a last­ing flour­ish­ing state for us and for our or­ga­ni­za­tions?

This book de­scribes how this shift in mind­set and con­scious­ness level can, and has in­deed, taken place in or­ga­ni­za­tions us­ing med­i­ta­tive prac­tice, not only for in­di­vid­ual well­be­ing (which is now well un­der­stood) but also for deep trans­for­ma­tional change. Through this shift, we can move past a def­i­ni­tion of sus­tain­abil­ity as ‘mere re­source ef­fi­ciency and long-term sur­vival’, to one of ‘sus­tain­abil­ity-as-flour­ish­ing’.

This book chal­lenges many pre-con­ceived ideas about what a sus­tain­ably suc­cess­ful or­ga­ni­za­tion is and how it should be run. Based on a grow­ing body of ev­i­dence - from neu­ro­science to busi­ness re­search - it maps out a path to em­power all who wish to un­der­take this jour­ney to­wards the re­al­iza­tion of the high­est po­ten­tial in our­selves, our or­ga­ni­za­tions, and our so­cial and nat­u­ral world.

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