Margaret Wheatley

Natural Creativity For Organizations with Margaret Wheatley & Myron Kellnor-Rogers


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The usual approach to work life in an organization does not allow much room for play, risk or individuality. But principles in the natural world suggest a more creative, effective approach. “Everywhere you look in life,” says Wheatley, “what you see is enormous creativity, diversity and experimentation.” She and Kellnor-Rogers describe how the same methods nature uses for producing vital, thriving life forms can bring new life to individuals and organizations of all kinds. They tell us how to let go of our need for control, invite innovation–and be ready for surprises! Says Wheatley, “This isn’t a superficial shift at all.”


Margaret Wheatley is an internationally acclaimed writer, speaker, and teacher. She is co-founder and President emerita of The Berkana Institute, a charitable foundation that works with people around the world, who strengthen their communities using the wisdom and wealth already present in their people, traditions, and environment.

Her books include:

Myron Kellnor-Rogers is an organizational consultant with the Berkana Institute.

They are co-authors of:

To learn more about the work of Margaret Wheatley go to

Topics explored in this dialogue include:

  • How to take risks and experiment in business and life
  • Play and its role in the modern organization
  • How education can produce more creative people
  • The demise of the five-year plan
  • Using intentionality to guide decision-making
  • A re-thinking of Darwinian theory
  • Challenges to the earliest life on Earth
  • The trouble with procedures manuals
  • Nature’s secrets for vital and creative organization

Host: Michael Toms                 Interview Date: 6/17/1996               Program Number: 2573                


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