Donald Schon: Beyond the Stable State (1971)

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This book, published in 1971, is so amazingly pertinent in addressing the challenges for learning organisations! Meanwhile the need for deep societal and geopolitical change has only been growing. One wonders what we have been doing over these last fifty years.

Schon sees ‘the stable state’ as a deep individual and collective need for comprehensibility and control in life. But the problem is that the dynamics of the world around us and this desire for a fixed identity are increasingly at odds. Schon’s leading questions, therefore, are: How to maintain self-identity and self-respect in the process of change? How to invent and develop institutions that are learning systems? In short: How to learn about learning?

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Philippe Vandenbroeck

Philippe Vandenbroeck

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Facilitator @ shiftN ⎹ Post-disciplinary researcher @ Newrope, ETH Zürich ⎹ How to create spaces were life is able to unfold, and is experienced as life?