Organisations are living systems

Why we do it

Reimagining human connection, collaboration and organisation

For the last hundred years, we have treated organisations as machines. Believing in a world which was rational, analysable and predictable we built our institutions for certainty and engineered them for control. We took a rational and directional approach, focusing on analysis, prediction and specification. During the Industrial Age this approach worked well enough. We have entered an age of disruption, however, and the rules of the game have changed.

As humans we need to significantly up our game in how we communicate, collaborate and create our organisations, if we are to continue to thrive in an age of disruption. At Living Systems, we exist to help people, teams and organisations adapt to increasing volatility, complexity and uncertainty, by developing the capacity for Connected Intelligence. Our work reimagines human connection, collaboraton and organisation, transforming what is possible together.

Organisations are not just  mechanistic structures to be predicted and controlled. They are also complex, living systems of people, relationships and conversation - with the potential, when openly connected, for self-organisation, creativity and resilience.

Our Purpose & Mission

At Living Systems, we exist to help our clients adapt and thrive in an age of disruption. We do this by developing the capacity for Connected Intelligence in organisations, groups and individuals.


Living systems maintain open connections across boundaries.  We develop connected organisations, connected groups and connected leaders.


Living systems are interconnected and whole.  Whether we’re working with an organisation, a group or an individual, we take a whole system approach to transformation.


Living systems enable self-organisation.  We develop organisational, group and leadership agility by leveraging the potential of self-organisation.


Living systems are adaptive and continuously evolving.  We establish social systems, processes and practices that enable whole system experimentation, learning and adaptation, over time.


Living systems foster emergence.  By developing the capacity for Connected Intelligence in organisations, groups & individuals, we create the conditions for breakthrough to emerge.

To continue to thrive in the 21st century, organisations and leaders need to adapt to an environment where disruption is the new norm.