Rian joined the Jameson Fellowship in January 2018 and is a contributing author for an innovative book about leadership that we think you will enjoy. Rian provided the following summary for the chapter he wrote: This book chapter explores the ways in which how we think about leadership changes when we center environmental sustainability, social justice, and systems thinking in our worldview. I wrote it, my first publication, in the year following a transformative 5-day symposium in Boston hosted by the Society for Organizational Learning in 2008, where Humberto Maturana and Ximena Davila served as the guest facilitators. For me, it was a crucial missing link in being able to make sense of the world in a new way that I had been piecing together for some time. I learned about the biological concepts of autopoesis (the ability to continuously produce oneself; a defining characteristic of living beings) and structural coupling (the history of mutual influence between an individual and its environment that yields a shared connection). This chapter tries to play with those concepts and extend them into the realm of human interaction… into leadership theory and practice. One of the core implications is that leadership is then the capacity of a system, community, or organization, not of an individual. I didn’t know it at the time, but this was the beginning of an exciting learning and writing journey that I am still on today.
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