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Chaos and Complexity: What Can Science Teach?

Margaret J. Wheatley

The Big Idea 

Margaret (Meg) Wheatley has been an organizational development speaker and international consultant since 1973.  In this keynote conference address published in the Occupational Development Practitioner, she chides us for so willingly continuing to use 17th Century images of the universe in the 21st Century world.

For centuries, she argues, “we have been planning, predicting and analyzing the world . . . holding on to an intense belief of cause and effect and we’ve let numbers rule our lives.”  Her major concern is that we have become comfortable...

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