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Organizational Integrity

How to Apply the Wisdom of the Body to Develop Healthy Organizations

April 2007
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  • Published
    15th April 2007
  • ISBN 9780880105781
  • Language English
  • Pages 268 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"
April 2007
More details
  • Publisher
  • Published
    15th April 2007
  • ISBN 9780880105828
  • Language English
  • Pages 268 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"

All around us, we see living systems in plants, animals, and human beings. Our environment is alive, vibrant, and full of innate wisdom. Even the stars and planets speak in the language of ancient folklore to those who have ears to hear. Our very lives depend on this interdependence and on the myriad connections that surround us. Nonetheless, many people experience organizations as inert, bureaucratic, inflexible obstacles to innovation and human initiative. People have struggled for years under the weight of apathy in organizations such as large school systems, corporations, and government agencies such as FEMA.

Organizational Integrity attempts to reclaim and reconcile organizational dynamics with living systems. The wisdom found in human organs, minerals, planets, and even sacred geometry is used to reinvent organizations. Organizations are supposed to serve, and their forms and structures should mirror the living systems of those who have come together with common purpose. We need to change our ideas of organizations and establish a new paradigm so that future organizations will be worthy of the people in them.

Dr. Finser makes the case that we need a new ecology of organizations, and that now is time for a new revolution that creates dynamic, living organizations by the people and for the people. Moreover, he shows us how to achieve this seemingly impossible task by “organ-izing” organizations. Just as democracy has transformed much of the world, through the genius of the human body we can transform organizations into living systems that serve and protect human interests.

Here is a truly unique approach to the age-old process of bringing people together in healthy, effective organizations to better the world in which we live.

"Organizational Integrity will give you new ideas about organizations and leadership. It's original, fresh, useful, and full of compassion. The book demonstrates the human qualities that it recommends for organizations. It carried me off into new and helpful regions of experience."

Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul and The Planets Within

C O N T E N T S:

Part I: Foundation Studies in Anthroposophy

The Complete Human Being
Beyond Memories
The Long Journey

Part II: Organs and Organ-izations

Heart Knowledge
The Kidney
The Liver
The Spleen
The Lungs
Dual Organs
Corpus Callosum and Other Matters

Part III: Other Aspects of Human Physiology

Is there a Skeleton in your Closet?
Salt, Mercury, Sulfur
Sense Perception: Eye and Ear

Part IV: Leadership

Testing Our Metal as Leaders
Planetary Influences
The Geometry of Groups
Systems Thinking

Part V: Healthy Organ-izations

What is a Healthy Organ-ization?
The Consultation Process
The Lily and the Rose


Torin M. Finser

Torin M. Finser, PhD,has served Waldorf education for more than four decades, first as a class teacher and later as the Director and faculty member of the Waldorf Teacher Education Program at Antioch Uni-versity New England. A former General Secretary of the Anthroposophical Society in America, he also helped found the Center for Anthroposophy in New Hampshire. His research and writ-ings have reached people all over the world, including several books that have been translated into multiple languages. Torin has served as a consultant, workshop leader, and keynote speaker at numerous conferences. He is married to Karine, has six children, and is also now a very happy grandfather!