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Despite current ads and slogans,the world doesn’t change oneperson at a time. It changes asnetworks o relationships ormamong people who discover they share a common cause and visiono what’s possible.
his is good news or those o us intent on changing the worldand creating a positive uture.Rather than worry about criticalmass, our work is to oster criticalconnections. We don’t need to con- vince large numbers o people tochange; instead, we need to connect with kindred spirits. Trough theserelationships, we will develop thenew knowledge, practices, courageand commitment that lead tobroad-based change.But networks aren’t the wholestory. As networks grow andtransorm into active, workingcommunities o practice, we discoverhow lie truly changes, which isthrough emergence. When separ-ate, local eorts connect with eachother as networks, then strength-en as communities o practice,suddenly and surprisingly a new system emerges at a greater levelo scale. his system o inuencepossesses qualities and capacitiesthat were unknown in the indi- viduals. It isn’t that they were hid-den; they simply don’t exist untilthe system emerges. hey are prop-erties o the system, not the indi- vidual, but once there, individualspossess them. And the system thatemerges always possesses greaterpower and inuence than is pos-sible through planned, incrementalchange. Emergence is how liecreates radical change and takesthings to scale.Since its inception in 1992, he Berkana Institute has beenexperimenting with the liecycle o
Using Emergence to ake SocialInnovation to Scale
Margaret Wheatley & Deborah Frieze