Heart, Gut, Head: Creating a Healthier HierarchySometimes we find ourselves in boxes such as those set forth in the traditional, hierarchical organizational chart. I want out. Don’t you? American systems theorist, futuristic architect, and author R. Buckminster Fuller (1895–1983) said, “You can never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” What if we build a new model to help us get beyond the boxes that limit us?
Heart, Gut, Head: Creating a Healthier Hierarchy moves us past the boxes and into the twenty-first-century circular concepts of joining and connecting instead of correcting; collaborating and contributing instead of controlling; and welcoming and encouraging instead of excluding.
How can we visualize these holistic, circular concepts without excluding the linear? How can we have both/and instead of either/or? How can the circular dance with the linear? The ultimate challenge is making holism visible while dancing with a hierarchy that has been entrenched for centuries.
Heart, Gut, Head: Creating a Healthier Hierarchy explores the two paradigms conceptually, visually, and through storytelling, including how we can consciously begin the deep healing process that is needed for the two models to work together in a compassionate manner.
One way we put others in boxes is by diagnosing or labeling. We especially need help with the dreaded label of Alzheimer's. Because of Ellen's personal and professional experiences with people with Alzheimer's, she has written a booklet applying the twenty-first century concepts noted above, to caring for people with Alzheimer's. To learn more about Lessons for Dancing the Long Good-bye: Seven Steps to Making Peace with Alzheimer's you can email Ellen or click here.