At the Institute of the Southwest, common-wealth is one of our favorite terms. It describes a way of thinking that implies a win-win for everyone, where everyone benefits, and endeavors are for the good of all. It presumes that we are all in this together, living and working within a unified reality of dynamic systems and interrelationships.
The premise of common-wealth is that everything is alive, or functions within a living system—our bodies, our relationships, even our organizations (which are essentially a collection of human beings). Treating them like an ‘it’, rather than with reverence and genuine care, places us, and those around us at risk. Working with everything as a living system, or living organism helps us forge thriving marriages, bodies, companies and communities. This in turn liberates capital within a system, creating a common wealth for the benefit of all.
In supporting the creation of common-wealth with our clients, we explore:
- How generosity creates a leading edge in the corporate culture
- How relationship is reciprocity
- Identifying and lifting up the gifts and strengths in others
- Operating on a strength assessment rather than a needs assessment
- Flipping the donor / recipient paradigm
- Cultivating the flow between receiving and giving
- How receiving is a gift
- Unravelling the culture of taking
- Deconstructing the silos