Margaret J. Wheatley is a well-known consultant, speaker, and writer, and cofounder and president of The Berkana Institute—a global nonprofit, founded in 1991, that has been a leader in experimenting with new organizational forms based on a coherent theory of how living systems adapt and change. Publications include: Leadership and the New Science (1992, 1999, 2006); Finding Our Way (2005); Perseverance (2010); and So Far From Home (2012)—all by Berrett-Koehler Publishers.
In an environment full of uncertainty, where significant advances can best be made through networks and partnership, leadership demands a higher level of self-awareness. Here, the great Meg Wheatley walks us through some practical questions nonprofit leaders should keep top of mind as we face the tumult.
Nonprofits whose work focuses on communities need to recognize that they are the keepers of knowledge and wisdom about community engagement and community development, the very skills most needed today. And community is the crucible of our major challenges—job loss, failing schools, home foreclosures, violence, fear—as well as where the answers for the future will be found.
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Here at NPQ we like to revisit ideas that have intrigued us in the past to see how our readers have evolved in their own thinking on the topic. In this case the topic is measurement and participation and it comes from authors whose thinking was perhaps ahead of its time then. We’d love to hear your thinking on the issue of measurement in your own work today.
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