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Metanoia, Emergence & System Change

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Metanoia, Emergence & System Change

When the hero's journey begins, there is Metanoia. The spark that begins the quest, the change in mind or heart that drives the search of the mystic. In Gnosticism, it's an aeon, which is a name for one of the various emanations of God. 

Angie brought up metanoia in our latest episode and lately, I've been wondering about its congruence to emergence in complex systems. Emergence is the "eureka" that happens when a system interacts with its own parts and produces something new and unexpected....

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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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