Design/methodology/approach: ‘Gaia storytelling’ is used in this paper to get the learning organization (LO) ‘down to earth’.

Purpose: Following Latour, Gaia is a reorientation from globalized to localized matters of the world and towards sustainable worldly practice.

Findings: Gaia is understood through the notion of critical zones, which foregrounds the local, differentiated, porous and permeable terrestrial conditions in which life on earth is embedded. Gaia takes the multiplicity of agencies serious on the expense of global and anthropocentric out-of-this-world-attitude that has dominated the post-war period.

Implications: A Gaia LO is understood as part of a gaiagraphy of entangled life cycles of what Latour calls ‘Terrestrials’. We use storytelling to reconstruct, reconfigure and revitalize the learning organization to the agencies of Gaia.

Practical implications: Gaia storytelling implies perceiving the learning organization as an assemblage of story practices led by adventurers, explorers, artists, artisans, craftsmen, poets, writers, seafarers and any other unique creative citizens. Such an organization sustains and grows through a number of intra-active storytelling cycles that allow Gaia to shape the organization and in turn allow organizations to partake in the ongoing co-creation of Gaia.

Social implications: We distinguish five different storytelling cycles, which is vital here: the contemplation cycle, the creative cycle, the explorative cycle, the theatre cycle and the truth telling cycle. These five cycles replace the five anthropocentric disciplines of the original LO.

Originality/value: The Gaia Learning Organization is a new beginning for the Learning Organization.
Original languageEnglish
JournalLearning Organization
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2 Feb 2021

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