Is it possible to reform the great institutions of our time? Is it possible to align them to the real needs of people?
I was at a meeting last week where passionate reformers have worked for more nearly 50 years to reform the US military. They had a few successes but over time they all failed. The "System" is more disconnected and bad today than when they started in the 1970's. I too was part of a major effort at reform in a large bank. We were all marginalized and fired.
As I look at this image above, I see why we have to fail. It is a matter of design. How can a machine and a kinetic tool transform and become a living thing?
Do you see the path for that transformation? I don't!
Over the next few weeks, I am going to dig into this. I need to find out why our work to reform institutions is futile and to seek what will take us to a better place.
I am sure that many of you are hovering around this point yourselves and I am sure that many will be reaching the hopeful alternative that I see too.
The alternative starts not with reforming THEM but surely US. It starts with each one of us. We as the change are our only hope.