What if organisations are no longer property?

Most of us have heard the quotes from Indigenous American Indians about the impossibility of owning the land.

“What is this you call property? It cannot be the earth, for the land is our mother, nourishing all her children, beasts, birds, fish and all men. The woods, the streams, everything on it belongs to everybody and is for the use of all. How can one man say it belongs only to him?” -Massasoit

Somewhere inside us, if we really connect to land and air and animals; we know that there is some truth in this perspective.

Yet our current way of being is built almost completely on the ‘wealth’ of land/property ownership.

Here is another perspective. 

What if we cannot own our organisations? Or even the more radical thought that challenges ownership in entirity?

What if organisations are no longer property, or instead shared property in service of all of its stakeholders?

What if an organisation is viewed as an energy field, emerging potential, a form of life that transcends its stakeholders, pursing its own unique evolutionary purpose? 

In that paradigm, we don’t ‘run’ the organisation, not even if we are founder or legal owner. Instead we are stewards of the organisation: we are the vehicle that listens in to the organisations deep creative potential to help it do its creative work in the world.

Are you listening to your organisation? Really listening? (Are you listening to the calling of your own soul?)

The human construct of ownership is as any construct, able to be de-constructed.

Photo taken March 29th 2019


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About Dr Christine McDougall

INTEGRITY ARCHITECT FOR ENTREPRENEURS AND LEADERS WHO KNOW OUR SYSTEMS ARE BROKEN AND WHO WANT TO UNLOCK THE POWER OF THEIR PEOPLE AND ENTERPRISE TOWARDS A MORE BEAUTIFUL WORLD

Christine is an internationally recognised facilitator, practitioner, teacher coach, and authority in integrative systems design, human relational design, deep wealth design and regenerative enterprises. She has held large multi-stakeholder initiatives towards a better future or all, managing diversity, complexity and various stages of human development.

As the principal of 2:23AM – She works with leaders and enterprises globally who have a commitment to being the pioneers of enterprise change, where consideration of both the short term profitability and the long term costs/effects are added to the balance sheet on day one, raising the question of how else might we be successful without robbing from our children’s future.

To learn more visit www.223am.com

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