Maria and I cordially invite you to take a look inside our new book Holonomics

Maria and I cordially invite you to take a look inside our new book Holonomics: Business Where People and Planet Matter. In this preview you will be able to read the table of contents, the foreword from Satish Kumar, our preface, and chapter one.

Holonomics cover

To see the review, please click here. You will also be able browse through the endnotes, biliography and index by viewing the book on Amazon.

In terms of when the book will be available, we have received some news back from Floris Books that Holonomics could well reach distributors in the UK by 7th April, so those of you who have already kindly placed pre-orders, for example with Amazon or Waterstones in the UK, could well be receiving your books quite soon.

It takes a few weeks for the books to go through customs etc for distributors such as Amazon in the US, hence the slightly later availability. However those of you who are not in the UK may wish to order via either direct from Floris using this page, or via The Book Depository which is a UK distributor who offer free shipping worldwide:

As always, Maria and I would like to thank all our friends who have supported Holonomics throughout the writing and publishing period, and we are now looking forward to really engaging with you all in a discussion of holonomic thinking, and how it can be introduced in your businesses and organisations.

3 responses to “Maria and I cordially invite you to take a look inside our new book Holonomics

  1. I’ll be ordering the book in advance from BookDepository dot com – You and I are both interested in Goethe’s approach to observing and learning from the world around us.
    I wonder if you know of the work of Stafford Beer? Of the many models of systems I have explored, his is one of the few that clearly builds in (recursion, fractal relationships) in that systems are made at their foundation of lower-level systems. Branch office and headquarters.

    What would have been fascinating to observe – his work with Salvador Allende in Chile to structure the communication among government entities. The local office would deal with local matters, following general guidelines. Unusual and difficult matters get flagged for attention by the larger level(s) of a system. They never got the chance to put the ideas into practice. The US govt had a large role in Allende’s overthrow and Pinochet becoming dictator. One of many stains in US history, to my eyes.

    This is a small taste of deeper ideas. He has written many books – on Systematics in Brain of the Firm (1972, 1981) and The Heart of Enterprise (1979) – these approach Systematics from top-down & bottom-up; or the briefer “companion volume” to these, Diagnosing the System for Organizations (1985). A more recent work, Beyond Dispute: The Invention of Syntegrity (1994) describes his use (he pulls from Bucky Fuller) of the interconnections among points on an icosahedron to structure a series of interchanges among groups of a few dozen people. One aim is to optimize for more interchange.

    One of his early books, Platform for Change (1975), came out of being elected president of the Operational Research Society for the years 1970 and 1971. I’ll end this post to aim for some brevity.

    • Hi Sigurd, Many thanks for your comments. Yes, both Maria and I have a deep interest in Goethe. It is for this reason that half of the book is dedicated to the dynamics of seeing. We feel that without this understanding, no other frameworks can follow, as people will not recognise the need to explore their mental models to achieve a joint understanding of the meaning of what they are discussing or studying. We really hope you enjoy Holonomics – it has been really rewarding putting it into practice with organisations and seeing the resulting change in people’s outlook on the world.

  2. The afore-mentioned Platform for Change speaks in 5 different modes, each with its own color of paper. Page one, bright yellow, begins
    I would like to talk with you
    if you have the time
    in a new sort of way
    about a new sort of world.

    Page 7 is the first of a new color, gold. It begins
    This is my explanatory colour
    I seek to explain a technical term
    that I have not been able to manage without.
    The term is

    The next color, light blue, begins on page 15.


    Man is a prisoner of his own way of thinking
    and of his stereotypes of himself.

    His machine for thinking
    the brain
    has been programmed to deal with a vanished world.

    The old world was characterized by the need
    to manage things
    stone, wood, iron.

    The new world is characterized by the need to manage

    Complexity is the very stuff of today’s world.

    The tool for handling complexity is
    Having culled the above to perhaps whet your appetite, I’ve whetted mine, and will put this last book (of all the above, the one I’ve delved into least) into my “read more closely than the first time round” collection.

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