A couple of months ago I received an intriguing note in my inbox from The Berkana Institute. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Berkana, you might know one of it’s founders Meg Wheatley, a well-known author who writes about applying living systems theory to organizations and communities.
The note from Berkana begins by announcing that the organization is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary, so I naturally expected to read on that they were planning a big party or some other kind of commemorative activity. Instead, I learned that they would be marking this occasion in quite an unconventional way, by retreating into a phase of hibernation for an indefinite period of time.
We were quite intrigued with this unorthodox organizational decision and so got in touch with Aerin Dunford, a core member of the Berkana team, to learn more.
(18 minutes in length)
UPDATE: In 2015, after Berkana emerged from hibernation, we recorded a follow-up podcast with Aerin to find out how things were going.