Most of us have heard the quotes from Indigenous American Indians about the impossibility of owning the land.
“What is this you call property? It cannot be the earth, for the land is our mother, nourishing all her children, beasts, birds, fish and all men. The woods, the streams, everything on it belongs to everybody and is for the use of all. How can one man say it belongs only to him?” -Massasoit
Somewhere inside us, if we really connect to land and air and animals; we know that there is some truth in this perspective.
Yet our current way of being is built almost completely on the ‘wealth’ of land/property ownership.
Here is another perspective. What if we cannot own our organisations?
What if organsiations are no longer property, not even shared property in service of its different stakeholders? What if an organisation is viewed as an energy field, emerging potential, a form of life that transcends its stakeholders, pursing its own unique evolutionary purpose?
“In that paradigm, we don’t ‘run’ the organisation, not even if we are founder or legal owner. Instead we are stewards of the organisation: we are the vehicle that listens in to the organisations deep creative potential to help it do its creative work in the world.”
This perspective is highlighted in the brilliant new book Reinventing Organisations, by Frederic Laloux.
And it is the foundation behind the work of Hiro Boga.