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So Far from Home by Margaret J. Wheatley

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5EMERGENCE: SURPRISED BY NEWNESS

This troubled, troubling world that we’ve been working so hard to change for all these years is a world that has emerged.

This is a seemingly innocuous statement, but it has profound implications for us and our work. This world did not materialize from plans, conspiracies, or randomness: it came from life’s process of creating new and more complex systems. Emergence is how change happens on this planet, but it is one of the most difficult things to comprehend for those of us trained to think of change as incremental. At least this has been my personal experience in teaching it for many years now. Emergence is ...

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