The Big Five

the big five

With Myron Rogers, I’ve been exploring a set of characteristics of living systems that I’ve found helpful. They have guided me in making sense of ...

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Introducing ‘The Big Five’


Complex problems may not have solutions. You can maybe make them better or worse, but they remain unresolved and stubbornly recalcitrant. So we add an...

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Complexity- The Big Five


Simply changing the principles doesn’t tell you what new pattern of behaviour emerges. You know a new pattern will emerge as the living system makes...

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Emergence- The Big Five


To ask how we become aware of what is happening in a living system is to enquire into the consciousness of that system. The system’s capacity to tak...

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Cognition- The Big Five


The knowledge and know-how about how to make the change work are retained in the network that created them, not in the technical solution that arises....

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Networks- The Big Five


Our identity is inevitably shaped by our history. The changes we have been through to arrive where we are now determine our form in the world. They al...

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Self Organising- The Big Five