Walking Out and On



Walk Outs are people who bravely choose to leave behind a world of unsolvable problems, scarce resources, limiting beliefs and destructive individualism. They walk on to the ideas, beliefs and practices that enable them to give birth to new systems that serve community. This is the story of an emerging movement of pioneering leaders and communities around the world who are self-organizing to create healthy and resilient communities.


Excerpt: Are You a Walk Out?

All systems go through lifecycles. There’s progress, setbacks, seasons. When a new effort begins, it feels like spring. People are excited by new possibilities, innovations and ideas abound, problems get solved, people feel inspired and motivated to contribute. It all works very well, for a time.

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Deborah Frieze describes the “Two Loops” theory of systems change.

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Using Emergence to Take Social Innovation to Scale

“Emergence violates so many of our Western assumptions of how change happens that it often takes quite a while to understand it. In nature, change never happens as a result of top-down, pre-conceived strategic plans, or from the mandate of any single individual or boss. Change begins as local actions spring up simultaneously in many different areas.” In this article published by The Berkana Institute, Meg Wheatley and Deborah Frieze explore the lifecycle of emergence.

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This article by Meg Wheatley and Deborah Frieze explores the lifecycle of emergence (PDF).
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Share Your Story

The Walk Out Walk On movement is made up of people like yourself who are walking out of limiting beliefs about what’s possible, and walking on to invent and experiment with new ways of creating change. When we share our stories, we strengthen each other’s courage, resolve and commitment.

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Submit your own Walk Out Walk On story.

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Take a Walk Out Walk On Deep Dive

Amplify and accelerate your capacity for living and leading the future today. You are invited to join us for a two-day learning experience to explore how people all over the world are walking out of unsolvable problems and destructive individualism and walking on to solve problems and discover abundant resources. How might walking out and walking on impact the health and resilience of your organization or community?

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View photos from Ireland Deep Dive Workshop.

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