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What is Emergence Theory?


Chess: an example of traditional Emergence Theory

There are many examples and definitions of Emergence Theory, but at its heart is the notion that simple rules interact with one another. The game of chess is often used as a classic example of emergence theory, because the very limited and rigid set of rules governing how pieces on the board can be moved are used by players to try to achieve their desired outcomes (i.e. to win the game).

What you cannot predict is what may influence them in how they choose to use those rules. Therefore a player's next move - nor the outcome of the game - cannot be predicted under traditional emergence theory, which states that simple rules will interact to form the growth or development of something - a game of chess for example, the outcome of which cannot be predicted.


Cultivated Emergence: a new approach to positive outcomes

Rules are made to be broken, the saying goes - or at least re-written. In contrast to traditional Emergence Theory, and the game of chess, where the outcome of a game or the next move cannot be predicted - we take the approach that by identifying the simple rules which guide our actions, we can aim to achieve a specific positive outcome. We do this by cultivating the interaction of our simple rules to make better decisions. Rather than experiencing unpredicted outcomes, we begin to cultivate our actions using our rules to achieve specific, desired, outcomes.

Knowing your rules by becoming aware of them using our programmes, you will gain control over them and be able to use them constructively and positively - discovering the power to grow to be your best self in the process.


What are these simple rules?

As you'll have read elsewhere on this site by now simple rules interact to cause complex - intricate - outcomes. Where do these simple rules come from and what are they? In nature, they are the laws of nature. In society, they are the laws we live by (although some of them are not that simple). In religion - in the case of Christianity, you might say they are the Ten Commandments. In terms of us as individuals, they are the rules we have learned over time to use to make decisions. Some of these rules are beneficial. Others hold us back. Time has ingrained them into our behaviour so deeply we are not even aware we have a "rule book" but just react according to our instincts when encountering people, situations, and events. Emergence will bring your simple rules back into the light so you can see them for yourself, examine them, and repurpose them - rewriting them if necessary - to achieve positive change.