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The Theology of Self- Organization

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jim metcalf, ontario, canada:  

The discussion on self-organization has been most interesting. You have stimulated my thinking, and I would like to share it with you in the hope that you will criticize and improve my thoughts.  

All organizations are necessarily self-organizing, even those that are tyrannically organized by a single person exercising control over others. This is because any organizer becomes part of the organization by the act of organizing. It appears that "self-organization" as we use the term in our Open Space discussions, refers to democratically self-organized systems that do not have a layer of tyrannical organization imposed along side of the democratic self-organization. On the other end of the continuum from democratically self-organized systems are tyrannically organized systems. In these, one, or a few, individuals create and maintain the organization for their own ends. (I do not imply that this is morally evil, though it may be.) The problem for tyrannically organized systems (or the saving grace for them, depending on your point of view) is that their people tend towards democratically self-organized systems, and away from the tyrannical system.  

Example 1: The army supply sergeant who swaps parts outside of official requisition channels because that is the most efficient way to provide for his company of soldiers. Example 2: Those of us who take orders or advice, and then solve the problem our own way anyhow. Example 3: The mid-level employee in a large government bureaucracy who happily works outside of channels to do great good deeds, knowing that he may be protected by the sheer size of the organization, and his own audacious success.  

So, I'm proposing that we have a continuum. On one end is the nearly pure democratically self-organized system. On the other end of the continuum is the tyrannically organized system, which must always contend with the natural inclination of people to self-organize in order to meet their own needs.  

One thing that seems to make Open Space work is that it goes with the flow. It takes advantage of people's natural inclination to self-organize, to have input into their own destiny, to be free.   

I believe the other thing that makes Open Space work is its reliance on "Word" to create the self-organizing system. The words that are shared in Open Space create order out of the initial chaos. The words that are shared in Open Space also prevent the continuing chaos of people acting individually without words, without communication, without coordination, without care for another's ideas.  



Thinking is a social process. There are many ways to think (theologically as a Hindu, a Christian, a Muslim, for example), or statistically, or economically, or . Even though this is so, there is a common process underlying all of these modes that makes communication and cooperation  

possible. Although our words may not perfectly communicate, they do well enough for us to touch each other's souls. This is the power of Open Space.  

harrison owen, maryland, usa:  

Good thought! But I might suggest a different phrasing. In the beginning there were self-organizing systems to which there has been a continuum of response -- ranging from tyrannical to democratic. Self-organization is intrinsically neither, and is prior to both. However, it seems to function much better at the democratic end of things if only because it is then free to be itself. How about that?  

jim metcalf, ontario,canada:  

I like that: better theology,too.  



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