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Leading from the Emerging Future by Katrin Kaeufer, C. Otto Scharmer

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2Structure: Systemic Disconnects

This chapter investigates the first level below the waterline of the “current reality iceberg.” What are the structural issues that lead us to reenact patterns of the past and not connect to what is emerging? What is the underlying blind spot that, if illuminated, could help us to see the hidden structures below the waterline?

The Blind Spot I

The current system produces results that nobody wants. Below the surface of what we call the landscape of social pathology lies a structure that supports existing patterns. For example, in an organization, a departmental structure defines the division of labor and people’s professional identities. In a modern society, the governmental, business, and nongovernmental sectors ...

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