Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Magaret Wheatley at Evolutionary Nexus

I found a great new blog: Evolutionary Nexus, published by Ria Baeck. This blog is to connect evolutionary agents and initiatives. I was in particularly excited to find a principal paper of Magaret Wheatley and Deborah Frieze on Using Emergence to Take Social Innovation to Scale. Magaret Wheatley is the author of the ground breaking book: Leadership and the New Science: Discovering Order in a Chaotic World. In her recent article, Wheatley outlines the principles of newly forming global knowledge networks, communities of practice and systems of influence:

"Emergence is the fundamental scientific explanation for how local changes can materialize as global systems of influence. As a change theory, it offers methods and practices to accomplish the systems-wide changes that are so needed at this time. As leaders and communities of concerned people, we need to intentionally work with emergence so that our efforts will result in a truly hopeful future. No matter what other change strategies we have learned orfavored, emergence is the only way change really happens on this planet. And that is very good news."

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