Life is complex. To solve complex wicked problems requires deep, whole systems consideration.

A knee jerk response, or the application of linear, reductionistic thinking, will not provide the solution.

Everything, every small act and large, sets in motion a whole field of events unforeseen.

Each day is unprecedented. To approach it as if we know how things will unfold, what will happen next, is to continue the same level of hubris that said that man has dominion over Earth.

We are Earth. We are nature. We are part of the complex web of life. The atoms in my body have been in your body, and the body of the people who lived in Mongolia 400 years ago.

Our times require a deep level of inquiry. To suspend the belief that we might know what to do. Rather instead to sit with others and inhabit the questions, to explore their terrain, to go to the edges…and far into the future.

And then, with considered wisdom, and infinite love, choose actions as response to.

Business-as-usual, politics-as-usual, leadership-as-usual, citizenship-as-usual…is now a woefully inadequate behavioural response.

We require the capacity to see, live and act in response to the unprecedented, with a whole new level of thinking, seeing, acting…asking the impossible questions, courageous in our ability to show up as the novice in service to the unprecedented.

This role is not just for our elected leaders or heads of industry, who for the most part, insist on business-as-usual. It is for us. Citizens of Spaceship Earth.

Photo taken January 3rd 2020

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About Christine McDougall



As the Founder and Chief Steward of – Christine 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 the working laws of Universe to enterprise design and human co-ordination. She 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 7 ways Christine and Team Syntropic might 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 in The Dare to Care Workshop.

2. Masterclass – Syntropic Enterprise Design and Strategy. The masterclass seeds 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. Unplanning Obsolescence One Day Strategy Session – a team experience to consider a whole systems approach to strategy through becoming a Syntropic Enterprise. For more information,

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.

6. Warm Data Labs – to consider a trans-contextual response to complex problems, evoking the collective brilliance available when we look at the whole system by design.

7. Dare to Care workshop – How to speak the radical truth with compassion. Delivered to thousands of people around the world, the Dare to Care workshop starts with the premise that I need to care more about you than what you think about me.

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