Vigorous Learning Organization

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How can we organize to more effectively improve quality of life while using drastically less resources and taking other measures to help nature regenerate?

Vigorous Learning Organizations are the key to this.

Vigorous learning is learning something new by experiment, or by combining experience. It may be carefully structured and planned, or it may occur as serendipitous observation. Learning from the past is essential, but beware how much of it should carry forward, so that we do not perpetuate old myths. 

The five elements of a a full vigorous learning organization are a composite of the best seen in a number of companies over a 25-year span. Real people in very good organizations do live by these elements. Becoming a Vigorous Learning Organization requires behavioral discipline, but it is possible. 

However, none of the companies observed were attempting to become symbiotic with a regenerative world, However, one, Sekisui Housing, was headed that way. 

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Above are the five major elements of a Vigorous Learning Organization:

1. Regenerative Purpose

2. Leadership for Learning

3. Rigorous Learning Methodology

4. See the Whole – Systems Thinking 

5. Behavior for Learning

All these elements interrelate, so developing a Vigorous Learning Organization is more than implementing independent structured projects, presuming them to stack and fit together like bricks in a wall. The elements reinforce each other. For example, learning to engage in insightful dialog is an ingredient of at all four elements, 2 through 5.

Instead, think of developing a Vigorous Learning Organization more as an organic process. Any structures, as with Rigorous Learning Methodologies, are like trellises on which human capabilities can grow. Learning to become regenerative with nature is a human development process as well as a human system development process. Vigorous Learning Organizations, including their leaders, grow themselves by learning how to re-develop the human processes in the world in which they live. 

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