Down to earth: Gaia storytelling and the learning organization

Kenneth Mølbjerg Jørgensen*, Anete Mikkala Camille Strand, Julia Hayden, Mogens Sparre, Jens Larsen

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Purpose: In accordance with Latour, this paper aims to respond to the call for a “down-to-earth” post-learning organization approach to sustainability, which is critical of Senge’s conception of learning organization (LO). Design/methodology/approach: “Gaia storytelling” is used to define a LO that is “down-to-earth”. Findings: Gaia is understood through the notion of a critical zone, which foregrounds the local and differentiated terrestrial conditions in which life on Earth is embedded. Practical implications: Gaia storytelling implies perceiving LO as a network of storytelling practices enacted and told by unique creative citizens. Such an organization sustains and grows through several entangled storytelling cycles that allow Gaia to shape learning. Social implications: The article distinguishes five different storytelling cycles as a way to explore how the Gaia theater cycle connects to other cycles. The four other cycles are: Gaia thinking, explorative, creative and Gaia truth-telling. Originality/value: A Gaian LO is a new beginning for LO.

Original languageEnglish
JournalLearning Organization
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)464-477
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 25 Oct 2021

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© 2021, Kenneth Mølbjerg Jørgensen, Anete Mikkala Camille Strand, Julia Hayden, Mogens Sparre and Jens Larsen.


  • Critical zone
  • Gaia
  • Learning organizations
  • Storytelling
  • Storytelling cycles


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