By: Jennekin Dicks
Transcript: An introduction to The Habitat Club
[Scroll down for the video version.] Hello and welcome to The Habitat Club. This is a quick introduction to the underlying theme of this space and how it intends to help.
It is all about change for the better, so if we zoom right out, what really is going on with change in our world of work today?
For far too long, organisations have typically operated on a tension line. The sensible aim has been prosperity: What can be gained? What will build financial security? Unfortunately, as a general systemic rule, this gain has also been treated as an opposite to giving back and taking care – in other words physically and emotionally taking care of ourselves and others, and of course also taking care of our natural environment. So whichever way you choose to go with your work, there is a sense of a necessary sacrifice one way or the other. To gain more, you have to care a little less. To care more, you have to gain a little less. And so every entity on this line continually tries to find its own workable balance point within that tension.
For many, the assumption has been that this is a necessary tension for the sake of financial viability and growth of commercial entities, and therefore for the prosperity of whole nations. To gain, we must sacrifice. Sometimes significantly.
Of course, more and more people have been realizing that the specific sacrifices made within that tension, is in fact a risk to our stability. At its worst, it creates: Cultural toxicity. Burnout. Distrust and division. Whole communities hurt by corporate gain. Degradation of the environment. Exploitation of society.
And on the other end of the tension line... the harder anyone tries to help in the world, the more the need for resources becomes an issue.
And over and above these problems, this ever-present tension also creates extraordinary inefficiencies in the system. This is because whichever way you want to take things, there is always a resistance to deal with, which creates never-ending complications. Which means having to work harder and harder to achieve anything worthwhile.
And so as all the damage and inefficiency caused by the tension line become more and more apparent, there has been a slow move to a different way of doing things, off that tension line. Many have realized that prosperity and care do not have to be opposites. That the process of delivering services and products responsibly, can generate the resources and security needed for organisations and people to thrive. To gain and to give should easily exist in service to one another, each replenishing the other continually and powerfully. We don’t need a tension-filled trade-off. And the examples of effective, flow-state interaction are out there in our endeavours – large and small, in all areas of our lives, as they have always been since the dawn of humanity.
I like calling these flow-state organisations Habitats – a work environment where the ecology of systems and habits within it, support the healthy and productive existence of work and people inside and beyond that space.
It is a place of sense, efficiency, innovation, meaning and enjoyment. It is definitely not utopian though, as it still requires focused work and continual problem solving, but it is a place that fosters healthy, productive relationships both inside and beyond itself. And from good relationships, stronger futures flow.
I have for well over a decade now been looking at not only what systemically make Habitats work the way they do, but also why so many who see the sense in working off the tension line, still struggle to get there.
With this Habitat Club, I want to share what I have learnt, and what I am still learning, about the differences between these two options, with the hope that it will support people and organisations in their full transition to a flow-state dynamic.
So if you are interested, I invite you to subscribe to The Habitat Club using the link HERE or below, as I can then notify you when new content has been added.
And if you have related thoughts you would like to share, please feel free to use the feedback option. Any Habitat type space should generate two-way learning opportunities. And I would certainly love to learn from you.
I hope you find it all worthwhile.
Thank you for being here.