Transforming Hierarchical Structures and
What is Transformation?
Dr. E. Margaret Fulton
WWSF Board Member
True transformation involves a fundamental change in the
way we think, act
and perceive all our environments and all of our relationships. Transformation
challenges past notions of the meaning of life and traditional value systems.
The worldview of Western Industrial Society has been mechanistic with
commitments to power over others and control of nature. A fundamental
shift from this materialistic orientation to a service orientation, and
world view with commitments to empowering others and to nurturing nature
will not come to pass unless all of our social organizations and political
institutions are visualized differently. Unchanged perception of traditional
models of hierarchical systems will not create a transition to a new sacred
worldview. New programs developed within old structures will not achieve
new or different goals. Traditional linear thinking will not change the
pyramidal paradigm. True transformation must begin by visualizing alternative
inter-active models of organic organizations. Old minds trapped with old
images of power cannot initiate a new vision. Only imaginative engagement
in the process of transformation will stimulate a new holistic worldview
a millennium of peace, service and distributed leadership.
STEPS IN THE PROCESS OF CHANGE FOR INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS
- Agree to commit to a fundamental change in organizational
Shift from exclusive, classified static systems to inclusive, organic movements.
- Understand the reasons for change and the purpose, goals,
and vision to be
achieved in the future. Let go of needless complexities and stagnant traditions
to take hold of simplified living.
- Visualize new organic models of circles and cycles and
agree to image and to
work within these new patterns. Learn to image and to hold holistic inter-active
patterns in the mind.
- Recognize that all energy comes from motion and commit
to team leadership
and a system of constant change. Participants must agree on a model that
allows for flow, fluidity, flexibility, and inter-action as in organic
life. Become alert to spontaneity, surprise, and the prompting of the spirit.
- Develop and put into practice modifiable evaluation systems.
Like natural growth, system change is difficult to measure. Develop a changing
criteria of overall effectiveness as opposed to striving for immututable
- Understand that as in nature, waste does not exist. Matter
can neither be
created or destroyed. All material is part of the totality of life in the
regeneration, renewal, rebirth. Spirit moves from cradle to cradle.
Transforming Value Systems