The Ouroboros

The ‘tail devourer’ or Ouroboros is depicted by the mythical snake eating its tail. 

In finite systems, such as our Earth, when we debase the very elements that make our existence possible, all of humanity will eventually be debased. 

When we design enterprises that extract and exploit, which is the foundations of capitalism, then we become the Ouroboros. For someone to win, another must lose. 

We have created a world built on human designed entropic systems.

The tragedy is that the first line of losers are usually the vulnerable. Those who have been exploited, colonised, extracted from by the privileged Ouroboros. Those who seemingly have little power. 

Yet in the arc of evolution, the small thinking and short term gains made by a few will cost all, even those who have benefited from the exploitation. This is the nature of the multiple systems collapses we face at this time. 

History is writ on the table of uprising by the exploited. On humans who, like the imaginal cells in the stew of transformation from caterpillar to butterfly, refuse to stay silent, small, voiceless.

History is writ by the hand of Mother Nature, supreme in her ability to raise storms of wind, rain, fire and pestilence. To right the balance, against any possible power of humans.

We might be wise, dear humans, to turn away from the entropic systems we have created. To turn instead, in haste and with love, towards creating Syntropic Enterprises.

Photo Taken September 8th, 2019

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About Dr Christine McDougall


As the principal of – She works with leaders and enterprises globally who have a commitment to being the pioneers of enterprise change. Christine has the ability to completely re-imagine business, its role in our world, and its potential for a future for all humans. She experiences a deeper level of truth than most through applying synergetics (Buckminster Fuller’s anticipatory design science), and has a way of articulating this so others can see it as well. Christine questions the most basic assumptions that drive our complex systems and can map that back to what is needed today. She is committed to the creation of Syntropic enterprises as ubiquitous.

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P.S. Whenever you’re ready… here are 5 ways I can help you steward your enterprise for a world with a future.

1. Purchase the ebook, Speak the Truth for just $10. Our most important work is in human to human relationships. Often the greatest pain of our lives is when these relationships at home and in our work break down. This is a powerful tool that has restored the human connection in many of the most broken relationships. The 7 step process covered in Speak the Truth has been delivered to thousands around the world.

2. Masterclasses – (1) Unplanning Obsolescence, (2) Enterprise Architecture and (4) Syntropic Enterprise Design and Strategy. These three Masterclasses make up a new school of business and enterprise design for a world with a future. For more

3. Enterprise Architecture Launchpad – a four day intensive experience for enterprise teams of up to twenty to shift towards becoming a Syntropic Enterprise. For more information.

4. The Global Constellation of MapMakers designing enterprise for a world with a future. A community of MapMakers supporting each other on designing Syntropic Enterprise. Read more here.

5. Off-site retreats for Steward leaders in the process of deep change. Be this change personal, at the enterprise level, or both. Rather than a “health retreat/spa” step into a space that enables both self refection and other refection towards the fullest expression of your Pattern Integrity in the world. To apply.

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