Spiritual Life and Leadership

73. The Edge of Chaos, Part 2: Fresh New Solutions

June 09, 2020 Markus Watson
Spiritual Life and Leadership
73. The Edge of Chaos, Part 2: Fresh New Solutions
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Spiritual Life and Leadership
73. The Edge of Chaos, Part 2: Fresh New Solutions
Jun 09, 2020
Markus Watson

In this episode, Jason and I talk about the second principle in the book, Surfing the Edge of Chaos.  We talk about how the experience of disequilibrium evokes creative experimentation and fresh new solutions that leads to greater health.  And, specifically, we talk about how this unfolded in Jason’s church, Oceanside Sanctuary.

THIS EPISODE'S HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

  • The four principles of Surfing the Edge of Chaos are:
    • Equilibrium is a precursor to death.  When a living system is in a state of equilibrium, it is less responsive to changes occurring around it.  This places it at maximum risk.
    • In the face of threat, or when galvanized by a compelling opportunity, living things move toward the edge of chaos.  This condition evokes higher levels of mutation and experimentation, and fresh new solutions are more likely to be found.
    • When this excitation takes place, the components of living systems self-organize and new forms and repertoires emerge from the turmoil.
    • Living systems cannot be directed along a linear path.  Unforeseen consequences are inevitable.  The challenge is to disturb them in a manner that approximates the desired outcome.
  • Jason briefly shares his church’s history and experiences of equilibrium and disequilibrium.
  • Systems move in accordance with different kinds of “attractors.”  The three primary attractors are 1) Point Attractors, 2) Cycle Attractors, and 3) Strange Attractors.
  • Strange attractors are those that lure systems toward the edge of chaos.
  • Jason sees his pastoral role when he started at his church as one of creating disequilibrium.  From that disequilibrium, fresh new solutions can emerge.


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Show Notes

In this episode, Jason and I talk about the second principle in the book, Surfing the Edge of Chaos.  We talk about how the experience of disequilibrium evokes creative experimentation and fresh new solutions that leads to greater health.  And, specifically, we talk about how this unfolded in Jason’s church, Oceanside Sanctuary.

THIS EPISODE'S HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

  • The four principles of Surfing the Edge of Chaos are:
    • Equilibrium is a precursor to death.  When a living system is in a state of equilibrium, it is less responsive to changes occurring around it.  This places it at maximum risk.
    • In the face of threat, or when galvanized by a compelling opportunity, living things move toward the edge of chaos.  This condition evokes higher levels of mutation and experimentation, and fresh new solutions are more likely to be found.
    • When this excitation takes place, the components of living systems self-organize and new forms and repertoires emerge from the turmoil.
    • Living systems cannot be directed along a linear path.  Unforeseen consequences are inevitable.  The challenge is to disturb them in a manner that approximates the desired outcome.
  • Jason briefly shares his church’s history and experiences of equilibrium and disequilibrium.
  • Systems move in accordance with different kinds of “attractors.”  The three primary attractors are 1) Point Attractors, 2) Cycle Attractors, and 3) Strange Attractors.
  • Strange attractors are those that lure systems toward the edge of chaos.
  • Jason sees his pastoral role when he started at his church as one of creating disequilibrium.  From that disequilibrium, fresh new solutions can emerge.


RELEVANT RESOURCES AND LINKS:


Instructions to leave a review of Spiritual Life and Leadership:

  • Click HERE.
  • Click on the link that says, "Listen on Apple Podcasts."
  • In the window that opens, click the button that says, "Open Link."  This will open iTunes.
  • To the right of the Spiritual Life and Leadership logo, click "Ratings and Reviews."
  • Under the heading, "Customer Reviews," click on the button that says, "Write a Review."
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Links to Amazon are affiliate links.  If you make a purchase through any of these links, I’ll receive a small commission–which will help pay for the Spiritual Life and Leadership podcast!

Support the show (http://patreon.com/markuswatson)