16 SYSTEMS CITIZENS SYSTEMS CITIZENS ❑ Meiko Nishimizu ❑ “Bretton Woods Accords” ❑ Future as alien to us ❑ Networks of mutuality ❑ Tied in a “single fabric of destiny” on planet Earth “ “All organization sits within larger systems – industries, communities, and larger living systems” SYSTEMS CITIZENS ❑ We have to be concerned about how day-to-day decisions like the product we buy and the energy we use affect people who live thousand miles away. ❑ The system is not only out there, it is in here. ❑ #ActOnClimateCrises SEEING THE SYSTEMS ❑ “System citizenship starts with seeing the systems that we have shaped and which in turn shape us.” ❑ Bear game syndrome ❑ Two aspects to seeing system: seeing patterns of interdependency and seeing into the future. SEEING THE SYSTEM ❑ Interdependence: “knowing what we knew but didn’t know that we knew” ❑ Seeing into the future starts with knowing how to interpret signs that are present today but got unrecognized. SEEING THE GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE SYSTEM ❑ “well, it will probably be a problem for people in a hundred years or so” ❑ Seeing the global climate change system is to expand our personal boundaries of awareness beyond just managing our own positions. ❑ Greenhouse gasses like Co2 emissions. SEEING THE GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE SYSTEM ❑ Kyoto protocol ❑ Diverging views are a tragic testimony to our inability to apply the most rudimentary system thinking to look at the facts we have today in ways that allow us to see their implication for the future. ❑ “If we keep heading as we are, we are likely to get where we are going.” “ As businesses, we have to be the change we want to see in the world. This will mean that most everything is up for change: Our products, our process, our business models, how we manage and lead, and how we are with one another. It is not likely that we can change just-bits and pieces and shift the whole. - Roger Saillant, Plug Power ❑ Plug Power ❑ Fuel cells ❑ Roger Saillant ❑ Hydrogen Economy ❑ “though, implementing learning organization sustainability as the basis for organization.” ❑ Triple bottom line: People, Planet, Profit ❑ “Zero-to-landfill” principles with “ The innovations that will have the big impact will be the ones that integrate complete value chains around securing long term viability for social and ecological as well as economic system. -Darcy Winslow, Nike SUPPLY NETWORKS: THE SYSTEM SEEING ITSELF ❑ “today’s global food system produces cheap food for the rich and expensive food for the poor” ❑ Unilever and Oxfam ❑ Sustainable Food Lab ❑ Aim: “sustainable food supply chains into the mainstream,” ❑ “think together on behalf of long term and their common interests.” “RACE TO THE BOTTOM” ❑ A race to the bottom refers to heightened competition between nations, states, or companies, where product quality or rational economic decisions are sacrificed in order to gain a competitive advantage or reduction in product manufacturing costs. SUPPLY NETWORKS: THE SYSTEM SEEING ITSELF ❑ Reinforcing growth in supply driven by rising production and rising profits, leading to capital investment and further increases in capacity (food production) ❑ Reinforcing growth in demand driven by supply increases that lower prices and raise availability, leading to further increase in supply as producers see more market opportunities (food companies, retailers, and consumers) ❑ Further increase in capacity driven by falling prices, spurring investments in increased efficiency and land use in order to maintain farm income (local and larger food producers) “ “[To get started,] you don’t have to have the answers for everything that needs to be done to solve the problems. In fact, if you did have all the answers, you might not have the best answer.” SOCIETY: TALKING ACROSS THE BOUNDARIES It is time to for all of us to come together and think about the future we want to create. If we do nothing, our children could be living in $2 a day. - Salim Al-Aydh SYSTEMS CITIZENS ❑ Saudi Aramco ❑ Dialogue meeting in Hawar ❑ Coming together across differences ❑ Are a system citizen?