In the attached article (published in 2006), Margaret Wheatly and Deborah Frieze of the Berkana Institute, describe that “emergence is the only way change really happens on this planet” and “emergence only happens through connections”. The article describes three stages in the Lifecycle of Emergence: from Network, to Communities of Practice, to Systems of Influence. To foster critical connections, and the conditions for emergence, Berkana developed a four-stage model.
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Recommended reading: Dave Pollard’s blog post ‘The Lifecycle of Emergence’.
My interest is in how to support and facilitate networks, communities of practice and especially the systems of influence. Imagine these supported by online tooling, what would the key features look like? More to come on this subject later in this blog…