Betweens betweens

What is the system but the betweens, and then the betweens the betweens? It is little wonder, and a little wonder, that the system has more capacities and more surprises, than the individuals constituting it. We say the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, yet how little we act upon this! Its name? Emergence.

Is this not precisely why we bring a speaker into a group or send folks off to workshops: to get us unstuck we say, but really it is to introduce a new element, and especially a new set of betweens? The betweens may irritate or inoculate or innovate—it does not matter which—we are looking for the spark that the betweens bring. Yet there are ample betweens in any group, if we would put them to work.

:- Doug.

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