LECTURE ON ADAPTIVE LEADERSHIP: PROBLEM OF THE BOILING FROGS

OSKKO Polish FINAL Oldroyd pdf This lecture was given in September 2017 at the OSKKO Congress of Polish School Directors in Krakow. This is a short summary with key words emboldened. The summary is based on the 33 slide powerpoint:

KEY TERMS IN THE OSKKO LECTURE BY DAVID OLDROYD

MY MAIN IDEA TODAY IS THAT WE (PEOPLE, POLITICIANS AND EDUCATORS) ARE LIVING IN THE ANTHROPOCENE EPOCH A TIME OF GLOBAL CRISES AND WE ARE NOT ACCEPTING THE REALITIES.

WE ARE LIKE COMFORTABLE FROGS ENJOYING THE WARM WATER FROM WHICH WE CANNOT ESCAPE AND THAT WILL SOON BOIL US.

LIKE THE PASSENGERS ON THE TITANIC, WE ARE DENYING THE COURSE ON WHICH WE ARE SAILING AS WE ACCELERATE TOWARDS ANOTHER COLLAPSE OF CIVILISATION.

WE ARE IGNORING THE FAILURE OF THE MACHINE WORLD TO ADAPT TO THE NATURAL WORLD.

 THE RESULT IS THAT THE CARRYING CAPACITY OF SPACESHIP EARTH, THE EARTH’S PLANETARY BOUNDARIES HAVE BEEN OVERSHOT

ADAPTIVE LEADERSHIP HAS TO RECOGNISE THE FAILURE OF OUR MACHINE WORLD SYSTEMS, INCLUDING EDUCATIONAL SYSTEMS:

  1. TO ADAPT TO THE PROCESSES OF THE NATURAL WORLD THE LIMITS (CARRYING CAPACITY) OF WHICH THE MACHINE WORLD HAS OVERSHOT
  2. TO RECOGNISE OUR ADDICTION TO AND DENIAL OF THE SELF-DESTRUCTIVE PURSUIT OF POWER, WEALTH AND CONSUMER ‘STUFF’
  3. TO MAKE THE GOAL OF GLOBAL SOCIETIES SUSTAINABILITY NOT EXPONENTIAL GROWTH

ADAPTIVE LEADERSHIP IS CAGED IN BY BUSINESS AS USUAL MAY BE TOO LATE TO FIND RADICAL SYSTEMIC SOLUTIONS AS WE ARE PAST THE POINT OF NO RETURN

 BUT WE MUST KEEP ON TRYING FOR THE SAKE OF OUR OFFSPRING

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Teach – relevant curriculum for leaders, teachers and their students

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