Voldtofte, calls our attention to the field phenomenon of emergence,
a nascent ever-present potential of groups. Not simply an abstract idea,
emergence is a phenomenon that can be experienced, recognized and engaged.
Emergence in groups is when something qualitatively new arises from
the relations between the participants and from their interaction, when
we commit to think together for a cause and something wise comes from
Coining the phrase “Magic in the Middle" as code word for
emergence, Finn identifies nine practices that can be trained and learned
to grow our ability to engage and contribute to emergent phenomenon
in groups. They are both individual and collective: inquiry, stretch,
reflection on process, listening to what is emerging, ego understanding,
experience with the difference between individual and collective, warm
up, commitment and magic-meter.
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