About

Welcome to my blog!

Hi, my name is Elena. I come from a remote and wild area of Siberia near the Lake Baikal.

I am passionately curious about life, nature and care deeply about all living creatures.

I love asking big and challenging questions.

Some years ago, I had started asking some unsettling questions:

  • Why is there so much human suffering and ecological degradation?
  • Why are people so obsessed with material consumption rather than with inner peace and harmony with nature?
  • Why are companies so focused on profit maximization and market domination rather than trying to meet people’s needs and improve human life?
  • Why is our modern society advancing with giant steps toward ecological, economic and social collapse?

To find answers to these questions, I decided to embark on scientific research in the field of sustainable development. By becoming fully immersed in the research enterprise, I discovered a new powerful vision of reality, an insightful approach that helped me to expand my intellectual horizons and gain a more comprehensive understanding of the underlying causes of the dysfunctions in our global society.

Today I’m convinced that modern science has already accumulated enough knowledge to liberate ourselves from many social ills and pave the way for a progressive and sustainable human society.

"Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding" -- Albert Einstein.

On this blog, I would like to share some results of my inquiry but most importantly to continue my learning with you. The aim of this project is to systematize the available knowledge from many disciplines to better understand how to design ecologically and socially sustainable organizations, economies and societies that can co-evolve organically with their broader environment.

This blog is for people:

  • who are struggling to understand what is wrong with our modern society;
  • who feel concerned about the future of our planet and humanity;
  • who are looking for systemic solutions to a wide range of social, economic and ecological problems;
  • who believe that a better, more just and sustainable world is possible if we change our cultural beliefs about nature and human nature.

What others are saying about my work:

"I have read your paper once through -- and will do so again, and probably yet again. It is, for me, VERY interesting and also very helpful to organize my own thinking around these issues and how they are, can and might be applied to the real, lived and shared world in which we do not all agree, as we struggle with this shift in our behavior that is so necessary and also so very destabilizing to every sense of security and "the known", predictable and safe that many of us have."

An interdisciplinary artist (France, US), Capra Course Spring 2016.

"I like the “big picture” approach in your work. Most of us focus on fairly narrow questions but you’re interested in tackling more macro questions that could have a bigger impact on the field of business and society."

An anonymous reviewer, IABS (2014).

"Very good application of complexity theory to the business in society field, with significant implications for education, practice, and theory. Theory is well developed and there are good insights about the limits of most current approaches. Literature review is well done (especially for an abstract) and the case for change is well made."

An anonymous reviewer, IABS (2014).

"I am glad that I was assigned this paper to review. Last year I reviewed several papers, and complexity theory was mentioned in all of them, but so superficially that I wondered if anyone knew what it really was. I am happy to see that this paper truly explores complexity theory itself, rather than simply applying the term to describe something that they can’t easily explain (“it’s complicated!”). I also appreciated the interdisciplinary approach to the inquiry. It’s nice to see someone take an interest in more than just the management applications of a topic."

An anonymous reviewer, Academy of Management Annual Meeting (2013).

"I see the core purpose of your paper as presenting a set of arguments that complexity science should be the central ontological starting point describing and researching a capitalist oriented society. You do so by describing the reductionist ontology that currently dominates the economic thinking, describing its failings with respect to complexity science, and drawing on both the emergent findings of neuroscience and ethical concerns to justify the new ontology.

Your descriptions of the reductionist and complexity perspectives are very clear to me as are your comparisons and contrasts of the two. I believe that your use of emergent neuroscience research adds credibility to your claims. And approaching your central case for complexity science from an ethical perspective is sound as well."

 An anonymous reviewer, Academy of Management Annual Meeting (2013).

"Your treatment and description of the various aspects of complexity science is wonderful. Your handling of "chaos" and relevant complexity literature is better than anything I have ever done and is right on. Wunderbar! I really LIKE you frequent use of quotes--shows that you really have read the literature carefully. I am amazed that you find, remember, and then can insert all of them in the right places in your text. This can't be easy. In fact, I am amazed that you can do this so well."

A complexity scholar, US.