Y2K: Coping With Uncertainty with Margaret J. Wheatley, Ph.D.

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It is often the beginning of wisdom to realize how little you know. The impending Y2K crisis is causing the entire world to feel this way. Just as a crisis in your personal life can herald the opportunity for great transformation, so too can Y2K give us pause to consider how we wish to evolve. Margaret Wheatley asks us to consider this: "By just reacting to Y2K, weíll be fighting to preserve a way of life that most of us don't find very satisfying anyway. Let's ask ourselves: What is worth sustaining here?" In addition to divulging practical steps to prevent Y2K disaster, Wheatley illuminates the profound depth of meaning inherent in the Y2K crisis and its potential to cause worldwide transformation. (hosted by Michael Toms)


Margaret Wheatley is an internationally acclaimed writer, speaker, and teacher. She began caring about the world's peoples in 1966 as a Peace Corps volunteer in postwar Korea. She is cofounder and President Emerita of The Berkana Institute, a charitable foundation that works with people around the world to strengthen their communities using the wisdom and wealth already present in their people, traditions, and environment. She is a guide in leading people back to understanding who we are as humans, being able to create the conditions for our basic qualities of generosity, contribution, community, and love. She is a grand contributor in creating an Island of Sanity in the midst of wildly disruptive seas. 

Margaret J. Wheatley’s books include:

To learn more about the work of Margaret Wheatley go to www.margaretwheatley.com. 

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • Practical recommendations for coping with the Y2K crisis
  • What created Y2K in the first place and what we can learn from that
  • What if we didn't fix the problem?
  • How Y2K insists on cooperation and collaboration
  • How and why Y2K provides new opportunities for creative change
  • Will Y2K affect you if you live in a rural area?
  • How Y2K is exposing the shadow side of our lives
  • How Y2K's focus parallels profound spiritual and philosophical questions
  • Differences in how Y2K information is being disseminated throughout the world
Host: Michael Toms       Interview Date: 2/17/1999        Program Number: 2762