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A Guided Tour of an Emerging Worldview

  How we see the world determines how we think and act as surely as gravity rounds the planets.  

Introduction

Rolling Toward Sphericity

 Being Spherical started with the realization that the world doesn't work the way we were told it does.   

Editorial review excerpt from Signature Magazine, 2005:

Dr. John Maling, PhD

History has persuaded us to embrace a mechanistic, clockwork-like compartmentalized view of our world, life and lives. The authors argue that we have failed to recognize its unity while trying to understand its parts ...

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Jumping Together

Human history is the history of leaps and bounds that sketch the distinct outlines of our worldviews. Every great period of scientific advancement and learning is the manifestation of a consilience. 

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Phil Lawson and Robert L. Lindstrom

The Authors

  

This book writing odyssey spanned a decade, beginning in LA with a seed of an idea in 1993, and ending with a five-year deep dive of research, brainstorms, travel, and rewrites between 1999 - 2004, that included Phil (and his wife) moving to a rustic log cabin in the Colorado Rockies to think and write.

More about the Authors

More about The Book

Using mythological imagery in the form of THE SPHERE and an innovative and adaptive vocabulary, they introduce us to concepts and processes for reshaping our lives, our organizations and our world for the better. In addition, they introduce the Spherical Modeling Tool, a practical hands-on awareness application.  

BEING SPHERICAL GUIDES US AS WE LEARN TO:

THE GREATER OUR SPHERICAL INTEGRITY THE BETTER WE:

BEING SPHERICAL GUIDES US AS WE LEARN TO:

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  • Prepare for a future we cannot even vaguely predict. 
  • Raise our children well in a climate of moral uncertainty.
  • Create viable organizations in an era of extreme complexity.
  • Come to the aid of an abused and ailing planet. 

AS WE LEARN TO SEE THE SPHERE WE:

THE GREATER OUR SPHERICAL INTEGRITY THE BETTER WE:

BEING SPHERICAL GUIDES US AS WE LEARN TO:

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  • Understand why we do what we do and what to do differently. 
  • Discover creative solutions to longstanding problems. 
  • Connect and reconnect within ourselves and with others. Ready ourselves for quantum leaps in inspiration and awareness. 

THE GREATER OUR SPHERICAL INTEGRITY THE BETTER WE:

THE GREATER OUR SPHERICAL INTEGRITY THE BETTER WE:

THE GREATER OUR SPHERICAL INTEGRITY THE BETTER WE:

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  • Flex with internal and external pressures. 
  • Adapt to disorienting and accelerating change. 
  • Respond to unpredictable and uncontrollable conditions. 
  • Roll through hard times and bounce forward from adversity. 

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Geoffrey Moss

The Illustrator

Geoffrey Moss created more than 86 drawings for Being Spherical. He is a painter, and creator of captionless political newspaper drawings, MOSSPRINTS, the first of that genre to be syndicated nationally. His graphic metaphors are recognized with three Pulitzer nominations, including 9/11 work for Creative Syndicate.

The creative Design Team

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Michael Tamburello

Michael Tamburello

Michael Tamburello

Michael Tamburello designed the cover and content layout template of Being Spherical. He has spent 30 years in visual communications, advertising and publishing, working on projects from custom greeting cards of the late John Lennon’s artwork to large contracts for government and defense agencies. 


Michael taught at the Art Institute of Colorado and headed the commercial art program at Arapahoe Community College. He is a composer/record producer and founder of The Lullaby for Columbine project. 

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Pamela Lawson

Michael Tamburello

Michael Tamburello

  During the writing of Being Spherical, Pam was  creative director on the project finding and working with the illustrator and book designer, along with proofreading and cheer leading roles, which earned her the playful title of ‘Tensegrity Agent’ from Phil and Rob. 


Prior to Being Spherical, Pam was a photo-illustrator in Hollywood, and she has been a Creative Director at a multi-media firm and an image bank. She was also a reporter for nine years serving a string of mountain communities west of Denver, and she received nearly two dozen journalism awards. 

More reader comments

“What Phil and Rob have given us is not merely a new lexicon of terms to describe our business and personal environments but a radically different way to comprehend and interact with them. Since being introduced to Being Spherical, I find myself building mental spheres for both my personal and professional environments. The process is strikingly effective.” - Joe Clark, Assist. Prof., EET, Metropolitan State College of Denver 


“This powerful book paints a sweeping panorama of the evolving journey of humanity on its way towards wholeness and authenticity. It invites us to embrace the rich complexity and messiness of life, rather than neatly putting things into categories that are partial and limiting. Refreshing language and humor enliven its profound message. Beware--your perspective will be transformed, shifting your way of 'seeing' and 'being' in the world!” - JoEllen Koerner, PhD, RN, Author of Mother, Heal My Self


“Our company was one of the first to experience Being Spherical during a three-day retreat. We expected to learn about a new business model. Instead, we were introduced to an entirely new way of thinking about business processes and life in general. It has been surprising how the image of THE SPHERE has permeated our work. It truly is a transformational concept.” - Inger Cramer, Diagraph, Stockholm, Sweden 


“Bravo to Phil and Rob. Finally, someone has taken the time to delve into the chaos of how the world works and devise an explanation of why things are out of sync. Their BIG PICTURE explanation can be understood and applied by everyone.” - Ray Guyot, Outlook Presentations, Winnipeg, Canada 


“Our organization has become significantly more flexible and adaptable as a result of our Being Spherical work. On an individual level, it has helped each member to understand leadership as attraction versus position power. It helped reinforce the desirability of having each member contribute their talents and take responsibility for making things happen.” - Bonita Patterson, Colorado Women’s Leadership Coalition

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Chapter 51

Quantum Leaps

Occasionally, out-of-the-ordinary arcs of interconnection result in extraordinary ideas and actions. 

What Phil and Pam have been up to Lately

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