Footprints in the Windsm # 978

Footprints in the Windsm # 978

This is why goals don’t make sense: you cannot presume to know enough at the start of any step to be able to design 10,000 more steps and then to execute that plan without deviation. Design and construction need to go back and forth filling in for each other at each interval.

And this then is a hint of emergence: it comes from the heat of this very back and forth. It arises from process, not out of one sterile mind trying to get pregnant all by itself.

True emergence can only happen when we take it out of the thinking chambers and subject us and our ideas to real life—all the people on the real ground. This is taking to scale—this is when everybody gets it—when everybody is invited and all who come are heard. Invitation must include the promise to hear. When design hears construction and construction design and both the whole on which we are working—here is emergence—of life!

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