How does a Flock of Birds manage to fly? How do the many birds coordinate when they fly and make turns? A flock of birds is a classic example of an emergent phenomen where the total is bigger than the sum of its parts.
Nature provides us with plentiful examples of how new structures, new organisms, new ideas emerge out of their parts.
Here is what's interesting about Change and Disruption. Disruption helps us grow. Disruption helps us leave the habit zone, and create new structures. Some form of disruption is even necessary to keep an organism growing.
Adaption means creating something new => creating new solution for the new environment.
Traditionally, creation, innovation has often been portrayed as deriving from building something completely new. As building something out of nothing. But this could not be further from the truth. Across fields, creation is built out of reconnecting what already is there. Out of reconnecting existing dots.
This reconnecting doesn’t come from repeating the status quo. We have to leave the equilibrium in order to be able to reconnect the dots. Creation it turns out is generated from a disruption the status quo.
In this way, crisis can also be a time of opportunity. It can become the catalyst for real innovation.
To get started, let’s make a quick excursion to fields where disruption is the common mode of operandi.
Here are valuable lesson to be learned. No, I don’t propose that we all start to free solo, at least I have no desire to do so. Nor do I propose that getting stranded in a desert with an airplane is a desirable path of action for everyone. But for each of us, the line between the known and the unknown can be drawn at different places, what probably unites is that crossing this line enriches our lives and keeps us growing mentally.
As Saint Exupéry writes, we can opt for the poem, instead of flying mail planes.
It can also be exciting job challenges, as in the case of Jenkins, it can our everyday life’s, or it can be special products that we pursue, travel.
At it’s core, adaption means leaving our habits, not taking our current way of life, our daily routines, our yearly holiday by plane as a given. And it means exploring new spaces, enriching our lives.
Does all of this sound a bit too motivational, too obvious?
I apologise if I got carried away. So let’s digg in a bit.
Let’s take a short journey, along the border between Equilibrium and Disruption, covering the common patterns of Mythology, Systems Science and Theories of the Creative Process, if that’s all right with you?
This journey helps us see why adaption is in fact not a passive process. It helps us see why the flow of disruption and adaption enables something new to emerge, why it enables us to return with new powers.
ADAPTION TO CHANGE AND SYSTEMS
How do creative processes work? How do new things emerge? What happens when we adapt to our environment?
If we look across the fields of Mythology, Systems Science and theories of the creative process, then we can see interesting parallels of how a few parameters enable new things to emerge.