Sowing seeds of beneficial change
Original content by ChangeDriver™
We can cultivate an environment that brings about the changes we need and require.
A great example is clover. For 1000 years, clover was the main plant used by farmers in Europe and the Middle East to extract nitrogen from the air and add it to the soil.
All types of clover are legumes that fix nitrogen in their roots via bacteria. Clover also provides nectar for bees and butterflies, and forage for animals such as rabbits.
Clover has gradually disappeared from the world’s greenspaces since 1940. The invention of artificial fertilizer, allows farmers to fertilize vast swaths of agricultural land without the need to plant clover.
By 1990, 150 million tonnes of artificial fertilizer were in use around the world. Now much of the world’s agricultural activity depends on artificially produced nitrogen.
This outcome may not have been planned by those who invented and introduced artificial fertilizer to farmers. The change from natural clover to artificial fertilizer has had a direct global impact.
What now? The change has been made and the outcomes are real and lasting.
Time to reintroduce change to achieve a different outcome and impact. Taking an enterprise view, let’s see how changing one element in the process or system creates a change in the process or system at many different levels. It has a multiplier effect.
Once change gets underway it has its own momentum. When was the last time you adopted a wholistic, enterprise view when you embarked on driving change in your organization?