A Simpler Way by Margaret J. Wheatley PDF

By Margaret J. Wheatley

Developed round 5 significant topics -- play, association, self, emergence, and coherence -- an easier manner demanding situations the way in which we are living and paintings, offering a profound worldview.
In considerate, inventive prose, the authors aid readers attach their very own own reviews to the concept that enterprises are evolving platforms. With its cozy, poetic variety, an easier manner may help readers raise their organizing skill and unfastened them from the day-by-day pressure that disorganization brings.

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The puzzle is how so much diversity, such rampant profligacy, can be tamed sufficiently to develop organisms that are similar enough to reproduce. Why are there so many different plants and animals? Perhaps it is because life has only these simple criteria: Whatever you become, make sure you can survive and reproduce. These are very broad constraints, not strict rules. Given so much freedom, organisms take off in all directions, exploring what’s possible. Nature encourages wild self-expression as long as it doesn’t threaten the survival of the organism.

The world is more playful than this, more relational. Life invites us to create not only the forms but even the processes of discovery. The environment is invented by our presence in it. We do not parachute into a sea of turbulence, to sink or swim. We and our environments become one system, each influencing the other, each co-determining the other. Geneticist R. C. Lewontin explains that environments are best thought of as sets of relationships organized by living beings. “Organisms do not experience environments.

He wired together a network of two hundred light bulbs. Each bulb was assigned a relationship with two other bulbs. It was to turn on or off based only on the behavior of either of its two assigned partners. Even with such simple conditions, the number of possible states of on and off bulbs is 1030. The human imagination cannot begin to comprehend this number of possibilities. Yet Kauffman believed that the network would settle into a repeated state – a pattern of on and off bulbs. However, given such an astronomical number of possibilities, he expected to wait a very long time before a pattern of behavior emerged.

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