The Occupy Wall St. movement started off slowly in September of 2011. After a few short weeks, however, it appeared to be everywhere. This movement, which seemed to come out of nothing before spreading across the planet, has a great deal to offer the careful observer. By looking at the history of the Occupy Wall St. movement and its emergence out of a chaotic and complex environment, it will become apparent that there is much we can learn from complexity science that can be applied to this movement. Additionally, we will see that these lessons also have important implications in leadership.
Introduction Complexity came out of the natural sciences when (at last) physics came to consider the behavior of open systems—that is systems that were open to flows of matter and energy. Some such systems were found to exhibit self-organizing behaviors where structure and organization could arise spontaneously over time. So, chemical systems such as the […]
You and I interact and something emerges out of that interaction that is greater than the sum of our two parts. We might call that a simple emergent interaction. And that perception might be accepted as true except for one slight little addendum: to get to this point of connection, we both have led lives […]