Friday, January 27, 2006

How nature works

If organizations claim they have to work in very complex environments, consider nature. How on are things like bodies or plants able to cope with mind-boggling complexity and changes that happen in nanoseconds?

How does nature work without strong command-and-control structures and heroic 'leadership'?

Here's the answer:

"You can't look at something like self-organization or complex adaptive systems in science, no matter what unit you're looking -- plants, molecules, chemicals -- without realizing that this is a kind of democratic process. Everybody is involved locally and out of that comes a more global system. "

- Meg Wheatley, The Berkana Institute