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Why Emergent Systems?

"The Stone Age did not end because people ran out of stones."
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Fritjof Capra (from Z. Yamani)

1. The fundamental assumptions of our culture and economy are changing.
2. The potential for change is inherent in complex systems.
3. Organizational, social and economic change can be exhilarating.

Our economy and culture are metamorphosing. Metamorphosis requires systems to pass through a crisis point, faced with both danger and opportunity. At Emergent Systems, we help organizations find strategies for change, leading to greater vitality and sustainability.

The best strategies emerge when the right people come together under the right conditions. Emergent Systems helps to catalyze these interactions. Our expertise in human systems development, change management and experiential education can help you evoke the potential for vital sustainability in your work.

Our unique approach is founded on three basic principles:

1. The fundamental assumptions of our culture and economy are changing.

For organizations to thrive in the coming century, a widespread shift in thinking must occur. The shift from a reductionist worldview and a manufacturing economy began in the last decades of the 20th century. The 21st century will be the time when networks of information, ideas and material exchanges will be modeled on ecosystems. Those visionaries who are first to reject outdated mechanistic models and embrace living systems approaches will emerge as leaders.

Emergent Systems can help you prepare through experiential education, including our Simulating Biological Systems (Sim-Bio-Sys) workshop or unique courses designed to meet your specific needs. We are a firm that specializes in Sustainable Organizational Development. We can assist you to succeed in the world you want to create. Our Collaborative Change Management services will help your organization through the transition.

2. The potential for change is inherent in complex systems.

Oak trees emerge from acorns, butterflies from caterpillars. It may be hard to see the creative possibilities hidden within current systems. (Learn more about "emergence" at Wikipedia.)

Emergent Systems works to evoke the potential of people within organizational systems to transform their organizations. Our understanding of the importance of interconnection and creative process in living systems helps us guide the design of Human Systems that work for the people within them. We coach individuals and teams to achieve their potential, and facilitate Stakeholder Engagement in transitioning systems, utilizing our knowledge of group process and interactive technologies.

3. Organizational, social, and economic change will be exhilarating.

Sustainability is not just about giving up the vices of the past. It is about creating the future we want. By appreciating the fundamental principles of natural systems, by strengthening connections within and between organizations and living systems, and by evoking our creativity, we can grow and sustain an exciting and abundant future for ourselves and for the generations to follow. What could be more fun than going where you want to grow?



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