Key Emergent Phrases / Terms

By Patrick A. Trottier (emerging and ongoing)

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Key phrases / concepts:

  • Attractors / Relators– elements that form some degree of relationship with other elements. Such may or may not be apparent, or form into ‘trends’.
  • Trends – a number of interdependent elements that begin to form some type and some degree of pattern. A trend may or may not continue.
  • Influencers – a number of trends which begin to have a potential to create novel patterns and experiences. An influencer may or may not continue.
  •  Influencing Patterns– a contingency of interdependent patterns that begin to emerge and form into something which has an inherent capacity to influence persons, things and events through the experiences they offer. An influencing pattern lives on in both the re-forming of itself through being effected by new influencers, as well as in the experience and the outcome of that experience in others, things and events.
  • Initial Determinates – initial conditions within potential parameters or boundaries that may form pattern influences to further develop novel forms.
  • Novel Forms – occurs when pattern influencers have begun to shape new forms which have the potential to further influence people, things and events through consistent and congruent experiences. Novel forms may become ‘determinates’.
  • Determinates – when ‘determinates’ generate consistent and congruent novel experiences over time they have the potential to shape new norms, beliefs, perceptions, cultures, behaviors and a shift in cognitive and mental frameworks in individuals and groups.
    Determinates can manifest emergent novel forms within defined limits, as well as break through such defined limits to create new and emergent organizational boundaries and forms outside of previous defined limits.
    Determinates shape strategies, decisions and thus actions actualizing ‘new forms’ into realities that can be ‘experienced’. Through continuous feedback loops such ‘experiences’ may form new attractors, trends, influencing patterns, novel forms and new determinates… and so on, and so on… emergence emerges…
    The primary definition of the word “determinate” as a verb is to make certain of. The primary definition of the word “determinate” as an adjective is having defined limits, or creating new forms beyond previous defined limits.
  • Density – the degree of relationship and influence among and between elements. Such ‘density’ can be minimal as in elements forming some degree of attraction / relationship with other elements. Such may or may not be apparent. Over time and influence, the relationship may form into ‘trends’. On the other end of the continuum, density can be very significant like ‘shakabuku’; a very swift kick to the emotional and/or cognitive head that alters one’s reality forever.
  • Closed Sytems, Control and Power Determinates – traditional rigid values, structures and boundaries to create standards of predictability. A ‘hamster wheel’ that can take many forms within a narrow spectrum. “The dance changes but the song stays the same”, kind of thing.
  • Open Systems – that which facilitates novel determinates to continually form new influencers, novel forms and novel experiences. Continuous, evolving and emerging change.
  • Guiding Determinates; (Principles, Guidelines and Boundaries); pattern influencers and determinates that shape desired forms of experiences and can generate further novel expressions in open systems of desired forms and experiences within defined limits.
  • The Unknown –that which is not part of current emotional and cognitive framework.
  • Creativity: Creativity emerges from the ‘unknown’, while ‘innovation’ alters the ‘known’.
  • Innovation: “Creativity emerges from the ‘unknown’, while ‘innovation’ alters the ‘known’”.
  • Disruptors  – that which breaks through the status quo to create newness inside and outside of that status quo. A ‘shock event’ to the existing system and framework which drastically manifests new norms, beliefs, perceptions, behaviors and a shift in cognitive and mental frameworks in individuals and groups.
  • Inhibitors – that which blocks novelty and newness to occur.
  • Continuous, Evolving, Emerging Forms –open systems that continue to create newness through experiences of determinates and disruptors. Forms; an arrangement of the elements. A particular mode in which something is manifested.
  • Newness – something experienced as distinguished from, or a departure from, what currently exists.
  • Chaos – that of which we do not see or understand trends, patterns, or influencing patterns. A natural part of the adjustment process to novel forms, determinates and disruptors. The more disruptive the change, the greater the extent of chaos can/may occur. Chaos is natural to change. The degree of chaos is related to the density of the experience of change. Chaos may also be related to ‘moving into the unknown’.
  • Complexity – that which interrelates beyond our capacity to understand.
  • Ecology – the relation between people (organisms) and their environments.
  • Relational Density – the strength of the relationship and influence amongst two or more elements, or entities.
  • Norms – when a ‘determinate’ becomes a ‘continuous pattern’. Norms themselves do emerge and evolve.
  • Tipping Point – the point at which a series of ‘influencers’ becomes ‘pattern influencers’ significant enough to manifest ‘novel forms’ and possible determinates.
  • Diversity – heterogeneity, a range of different but interrelated attractors / relators and influencing patterns that may or may not become novel forms and possible determinates.
  • Emergent Pattern Thinking – understanding interdependent, symbiotic, synergistic influencing patterns of change. Emergent Pattern Thinking manifests the understanding of patterns of emergence over time, the degrees of relationship and density of attractors /relators, influencers, pattern influencers, determinates, and novel forms.
  • Systemic – Integrated, a gestalt, influencing and manifesting an individual, a group, an organization, a market, an economy, our society, and our planet as a whole.
  • Law of Emergent Transforming:
    “When one’s comfort zone (individual, group, organization) with ‘the unknown’ is greater than (>) one’s comfort zone of ‘the known’, transformation occurs naturally through the dynamics of ‘letting go’ and re-framing… curiosity, exploration, open mindedness, trust, connectedness, paradigm shifts, etc., develop and the emergence of newness occurs naturally and in real time.

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