The context of our work

We live in times of great change, as were many periods before this one. But somehow the speed of change has accelerated. We live in times of huge collective challenges. And they are becoming larger and more complex.

We have tools and means to transform the world as no other generation before ours. But the problems are also growing  exponentially. According to Otto Scharmer, professor of MIT, we live in a moment of 3 great disconnects: the social disconnect, the ecologic disconnect and the spiritual disconnect.  

We created an economic system that still leaves a huge part of the global population at the edges of the generated benefits, living in impoverished urban peripheries, that consumes resources at a rate far higher than the natural capacity of regeneration and that places individuals in profissional paths deprived of any purpose besides money.

If the issues to be faced are increasingly evident, there are also several innovative movements that build upon the older models, improving them, instead of denying them or proposing ruptures. These emergent patterns can be understood in three different levels: leadership, organizations and social systems (networks and collective governance). Important aspects stand out: the questioning of organizational purpose, especially in business and corporations; the rapid changes in organizational structures, increasingly organic and less tied to hierarchical structures; the tendency in organizing ourselves more in networks and less in structures with rigid boundaries; the search for wholeness of individuals at work; and the questioning of organizational impact (positive and negative externalities).

As we head way into the XXI century, increasingly we are migrating to a paradigm marked by agility, fluidity, diffuse organizational boundaries, creative empowerment and merging of profit and purpose. In this context, there are several movements emerging, including Conscious Capitalism, B Corps, Social Enterprises, Evolutionary Organizations, among many others. 

Sense-Lab places itself as a vehicle to support organizations, networks and leaders to navigate these uncertain times and to build more sustainable and balanced models. 

Enterprises face unprecedented instability. New pressure from internal and external stakeholders emerge. Markets rise and cease to exist in short periods of time. Retaining talents and the search to exert a relevant role for society is an increasing challenge.

Governments, as well as the whole democratic representation system, is showing signs of depletion. This is truth for Brazil as well as many other western nations. 

Organized civil society seems on an endless battle, with insufficient resources to address the main global challenges.

Our educational system, in its different levels, is based on models developed in the XIX century, that are inadequate for the dynamics of the present.

The new generations arrive with new expectations regarding the dynamics and purpose of work.  

The symptoms and implications for the different actors and components of our social and environmental systems are patent: