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Stories & Values - The Network Glue

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Stories & Values - The Network Glue

The power and strength of human networks becomes very apparent when you take a closer look at FCAA, as a case study, for despite experiencing financial set-backs and having a very limited organizational structure; their network grows larger and stronger each year.

In the episode, “Exploring Complex Human Networks”, Stacy describes FCAA as an “emergent social network powered by shared narratives and shared values”. And, we believe it is the collection of member's stories, along with their shared values, which has propelled FCAA network growth.

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Human Networks and the Emerging Integral Society

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Human Networks and the Emerging Integral Society

We can look to other living networks or systems, like photosynthesis, as examples for efficient and resilient ways to in which we can cooperate. 

But first, we must recognize that only once we shift our perspective and see the world as a web of complex networks and self-organizing systems, can we transform and evolve away from the limiting, isolating, and competitive social structures that control our societies.

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Why We Simply Love #Complexity.

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Why We Simply Love #Complexity.

Complexity runs like a current through our lives and nature without respect for the boundaries and mental borders we create, and we hope that through gaining a better understanding of how it works, we can relax a little more with a little less need for control in the sandboxes in which we play. We want to share what we learn because we believe just thinking this way will make us smarter and happier.  

Complexity simply is...

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Data is Not the End of the Story

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Data is Not the End of the Story

We systems thinkers... Why do we want so badly to understand? Maybe we want to know the relationship of everything to everything else. Of self to All-That-Is. Maybe we want food on the table and world peace. Either way: complexity is the network of networks. A very BIG idea that we now have better tools to explore. Where is home for this Big Idea? What are its most massive and minute manifestations

Data is not the end of the story. There is more.... 

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When is it Right to "Trust the Process"?

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When is it Right to "Trust the Process"?

Anytime you have a group of people interacting over time, you have a complex adaptive system. You can have clear hierarchies and role requirements, but what you can't easily quantify is how powerful a role emergence will play in how projects and people take shape when they are all co-evolving. (Especially here at the HumanCurrent podcast, where we run a flat organization.) It's beautiful, really. Together people shape the work, and the work changes them.

There are a lot of factors that have agency to cause the changing shape of any system (let's take a project team as our example), but the most obvious medium for making change or progress is ideas. Here's the thing about ideas and how much power they have....

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Forget Permanence, Seek Resilience

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Forget Permanence, Seek Resilience

Alan Watts said, “The more a thing tends to be permanent, the more it tends to be lifeless.” 

But does permanence dictate that a thing be unchanging in essence? Matter persists through different states, and in its mutability and diversity it defies oblivion. Death destroys a star and creates a galaxy. Permanence does not mean without change. Change is a force of nature that creates diversity through interrelationship. Without diversity, a system destroys itself and new forms fill its space.

While human beings may disagree on the efficacy of pursuing permanence, resilience is another matter--or at least, another state.... 

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Man, Market, Movement: Why the Universe Hates Stagnation

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Man, Market, Movement: Why the Universe Hates Stagnation

The universe abhors too much sameness. When you sense that parts of you or your efforts are stagnant, or, not synthesizing new experiences into your character or your work, do you notice those subtle feelings of self-loathing? It happens the same way in any network: a culture, a household, a team, a country. Individuals turn against their own identity structures. Cancers form. Relationships become a battle of projections. Societies polarize. Either way the eventual result is change. 

Proximity creates pressure. So when the pathways of a network are limited, pressure builds up and diversity, essential for a complex system's survival, disappears. Movement is limited. Tension increases....

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