Buddhist and Taoist Systems Thinking explores a radical new conception of business and management. It is grounded on the reconnection of humans with nature as the new competitive advantage for living organizations and entrepreneurs that aspire to regenerate the economy and drive a positive impact on the planet, in the context of the Anthropocene. Organizations today struggle in finding a balance between maximizing profits and generating value for their stakeholders, the environment and the society at large. This happens in a paradigm shift characterized by unprecedented levels of exponential change and the emergence of disruptive technologies. Adaptability, thus, is becoming the new business imperative. How can, then, entrepreneurs and organizations constantly adapt and, at the same time, design the sustainable futures they’d like?

This book uniquely explores the benefits of applying Buddhist and Taoist Systems Thinking to sustainable management. Grounded in Taoist and Zen Buddhist philosophies, it offers a modern scientific perspective fundamentally based on the concepts of bio-logical adaptability and lifefulness amidst complexity and constant change. The book introduces the new concept of the Gaia organization as a living organism that consciously helps perpetuate the conditions for life on the planet. It is subject to the natural laws of transformation and the principles of oneness, emptiness, impermanence, balance, self-regulation and harmonization. Readers will find applied Eastern systems theories such as the Yin-Yang and the Five Elements operationalized through practical methodologies and tools such as T-Qualia and the Zen Business model. They are aimed at guiding Gaia organizations and entrepreneurs in leading sustainable transformations and qualifying economic growth.

The book offers a vital toolkit for purpose-driven practitioners, management researchers, students, social entrepreneurs, evaluators and change-makers to reinvent, create and mindfully manage sustainable and agile organizations that drive systemic transformation.

chapter |8 pages


The consciousness gap

chapter Chapter 1|21 pages

The emergence of the new business paradigm

From the ego-system to the eco-system

chapter Chapter 2|18 pages

Tao 4.0

Adaptive thinking amidst exponential change and complexity

chapter Chapter 3|21 pages

The quest for balance and harmony

The Yin–Yang and the Five Elements

chapter Chapter 4|20 pages

T-Qualia, a bio-logic of learning for transformation

The Eastern systems approach to the process of knowing

chapter Chapter 5|24 pages

The Zen Business model

From metaphysics to sustainable management

chapter Chapter 6|21 pages

Building the Gaia organization

Principles and practices

chapter Chapter 7|19 pages

Designing the Gaia startup

Practical guidelines

chapter Chapter 8|18 pages

Managing abundance beyond the triple bottom line

chapter Chapter 9|24 pages

Business mindfulness

Evaluation for systems transformation