The major problems in the world are the result of the difference between how nature works and the way people think.
– Gregory Bateson
At the beginning of the nineties, I began looking for new ways of thinking about how we lead and learn as human beings. I wanted to find or create methods and tools that tock into account how we think and act in the perception of ourselves, nature, the world, our life, our mind, and life.
I started thinking about the question: Is there a place in the world where there are people or cultures that think in the way that nature works and do not fear but embrace the change that is the way of life?
I found that in almost all wisdom traditions, and especially within indigenous cultures, they all had similar world views and symbols based on the notion that everything goes in cycles and continually changing. And that it is all about the dynamic balance – the movement creates balance, like riding a bike.
The Learning Wheel – the greatest teaching tool known to humanity?
The North American Medicine Wheel is a Learning Wheel is a cornerstone for learning theories, methods, and tools. The Learning Wheel teaches us that the four elements, each so distinctive and powerful, are all parts of the physical world. All must be respected equally for their gift of life. The Learning Wheel teaches us that we have four aspects of our nature: the physical, the mental, the emotional, and the spiritual. Each of these aspects must be equally developed in a healthy, well-balanced individual through the development and use of intention and will, a Quest for wholeness.
The Medicine Wheel
The ancient symbol of the Learning Wheel is a mirror which reflects not only what a person is, but also what they might become through the development of their potentialities. It can also be used as a tool for transformative learning in organizations in the same way.
The Quest – The Inner Compass A Conscious Leader has a high degree of self-awareness, reflecting and learning from their own experiences. They are aware of how they are affecting their own life, the lives of others and what kind of impressions they are making on the planet and life as a whole. The Quest is a Learning Wheel that helps us to re-calibrate our inner compass.
The Organization Wheel
Vision guides by the soul, Mission (or business idea) guides by the heart, Strategy guides by the intellect, Recourses guides by the ”finance and HR department e t c” and everything circles around the Core Values, the organizational DNA.
The Learning Wheel
In 1997 the merger of the five Learning Disciplines and the medicine wheel was presented to Peter Senge, the founder of Organizational Learning at MIT. He liked the idea a lot. Within Nature Academy Learning Lab we have used this combined concept ever since.