The Lifecycle of Emergence

Margaret Wheatley & Deborah Frieze have written on The Faith Collaboratory site about the lifecycle of emergence. This speaking of emargence as a principle rather than a movement (as it is usually understood in Christian circles). An excerpt follows, and you can read the full article here.

Lifecycle of Emergence Using Emergence to Take Social Innovations to Scale

Despite current ads and slogans, the world doesn’t change one person at a time. It changes as networks of relationships form among people who discover they share a common cause and vision of what’s possible. This is good news for those of us intent on changing the world and creating a positive future. Rather than worry about critical mass, our work is to foster critical connections. We don’t need to convince large numbers of people to change; instead, we need to connect with kindred spirits. Through these relationships, we will develop the new knowledge, practices, courage, and commitment that lead to broad-based change.

How can we foster the development and nurturing of such connections? What would this look like in our organisations, communities and missions? How would this way of seeing things change the way we “do” church, work, school, family, life?


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