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Lions Roar : September 2008
SHAMBHALA SUN SEPTEMBER 2008 104 Find the Magic in Nova Scotia DRALA POINT OCEANSIDE ECO-COMMUNITY www.dralapoint.com A sensitive eco-community sharing the beauty of the land and a common vision 17 design-build seasonal or year round home sites on seventeen beautiful beachfront and ocean view acres Twelve minutes to Dorje Denma Ling Shambhala Contemplative Centre were a machine, was ill-suited to the way the world really works. Leadership and the New Science, her book that came out of this line of thought, was first published in 1992 and has been published in two revised editions since. She is also the co-founder of the Ber- kana Institute, which is dedicated to “serv- ing life-affirming leaders.” Like Paul Hawken, Wheatley takes nature as her “designer, mentor, guide, and muse.” We’ve acted like we want to be God, she tells me. “We need to play by the rules of the plan- et, and you don’t need any religion to tell you what they are. They are clear principles that you find in science, but also in spiritual tra- ditions in the form of understandings such as interconnectedness and impermanence.” We’ve constructed “unnatural mega-systems that don’t work. They are crumbling and collapsing around us, and we are the casual- ties—stressed-out, disconnected from each other, moving too fast without a moment for reflection or a really good conversation.” When Wheatley looks to nature as her guide, she sees “emergence” as the salient property. “In nature,” she writes in a Ber- kana paper written with Deborah Frieze, “change never happens as a result of top- down, preconceived strategic plans, or from the mandate of any single individual or boss. Change begins as local actions spring up simultaneously in many different areas.” That’s how all larger-scale systems come about. If you could sit on a mountainside for many decades, you would see a tree here or there sprout up in the valley below, and then more and more, until you would see something you might call a forest. But you’d be hard-pressed to find the blueprint. What can we learn from this? According to Wheatley, we learn that the world “doesn’t change one person at a time. It changes as networks of relationships form among people who discover they share a common cause and vision of what’s possible.” They realize all of sudden that they make up a for- est, an ecosystem—a community. “Community is the answer,” says Wheat- ley. “Community is the unit of change. The only way we get through difficult times is together. Yes, you work at the level New Thinking continued from page 47 SEPT 100-112.indd 104 SEPT 100-112.indd 104 7/3/08 1:35:52 PM 7/3/08 1:35:52 PM