Designed to support every person who interacts with and within an organization, Collective Organizations replace hierarchical mindsets with regenerative systems and a new perspective on leadership.

Theme 1: “Leadership” can look different
Collective Leaders take many forms. Unlike the dominant savior/hero leader, in a Collective Organization leadership may look like inquiry…


Workplace hierarchies served an earlier era when organizational structures were informed by hero narratives. HBO and Netflix have discovered that the hero archetype no longer appeals to young audiences, just as the hero leader no longer appeals to young employees. An alternative narrative was developed by Jeff Gomez to embrace…


The “take, make, dispose” economic model of the industrial era dominated business for generations. Company profits relied on large amounts of inexpensive materials and energy and this mindset was often transposed to a “disposable” workforce.

The Strategic Framework for a Just Transition is a framework for shifting to a more…


Mindfulness and meditation have well-established benefits. However, the implementation of these practices without consideration for more basic wellness efforts is like building your home on an unstable foundation.

Sleep, nutrition, safety, and physical health provide stability for a mindfulness practice and the lack of these makes efforts to be mindful…


Instead of submitting to ridicule, reclaim the ‘Z’ as a positive symbol of a global generation working to repair and heal our communities and environment. (Why is the media disparaging a young woman’s effort to “bring the whole generation together”?)

Historically the Wolfsangel represented many things: a rune believed to…


Designed around supporting every person who interacts with and within an organization, the Collective Organization replaces hierarchical models and mindsets with regenerative systems and a new perspective on leadership.

1. They are Values Oriented
Collective Organizations are committed to managing with principles, not processes. Values are stated publicly and employees at…


The situation you are in is unprecedented. You do not need to “make good use of this time.”

Before Covid-19, expectations about success, achievement, appearance, and performance led many of us to continuous cycles of self-improvement.

Some of us now have a break from that cycle, and a time for…


During the COVID-19 pandemic, previously undervalued work was reframed as essential. Grocery clerks, heath care aides, ambulance technicians, janitorial workers, nursing home attendants — these “front line workers” would be at the bottom of most traditional organizational charts.

Hierarchies dominate leadership models and cultural narratives. In times when information equated…

Rebecca Zelis

Culture Strategist improving how institutions and systems interact with people.

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