5. Emergence

Emergence in Design enables learning from whatever happens—having the courage to take the risk in ambiguity.

Emergence is often experienced as unpredictable, unexpected, messy or chaotic—all those things you never imagined could happen!   No matter how well you design a process for a group of people to work through an issue or explore something of importance, something unexpected will very likely come up.  This is your dance with emergence—like dancing on marbles.  This is an in-the-moment opportunity to focus your creative energy on the original intention, take a “read” on what’s happening in the group, while accessing your intuition, past experience, and current reservoir of tools/approaches.  This requires you to stay open, centered and be curious…trusting you have the capacity to pull the bunny out of the hat!

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