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Being the Butterfly in the Eye of the Storm

“In the mathematical field of dynamic systems, an attractor is a set of numerial values toward which a system tends to evolve, for a wide variety of starting conditions of the system.

Describing the attractors of chaotic dynamical systems had been one of the achievements of chaos theory.” Attractor – Wikipedia, October 19, 2019.

Chaos Theory: Chaos is the science of surprises, of the nonlinear and the unpredictable. It teaches us to expect the unexpected. While most traditional science deals with supposedly predictable phenomena like gravity, electricity, or chemical reactions, Chaos Theory deals with nonlinear things that are effectively impossible to predict or control, like turbulence, weather, the stock market, our brain states, and so on.

These phenomena are often described by fractal mathematics, which captures the infinite complexity of nature. Many natural objects exhibit fractal properties, including landscapes, clouds, trees, organs, rivers etc, and many of the systems in which we live exhibit complex, chaotic behavior.

Recognizing the chaotic, fractal nature of our world can give us new insight, power, and wisdom. For example, by understanding the complex, chaotic dynamics of the atmosphere, a balloon pilot can “steer” a balloon to a desired location. By understanding that our ecosystems, our social systems, and our economic systems are interconnected, we can hope to avoid actions which may end up being detrimental to our long-term well-being.”  The Fractal Foundation

Regenerate and Protect the Fabric of Life

Living within an increasingly turbulent world, there is more need than ever to cultivate regenerative leadership philosophies and revitalize skills that empower us to more responsive, improve our foresight and prediction capabilities, navigate and enable new emerging structures informed by collective human and species intelligences and tools, in particular non-machine consciousnesses.

If not you, who will co-create the new world? And who will volunteer to re-write and build healthy soils and foundations for new ways to conceptualize the world?

Popular approaches to psychology, education, leadership and organizational development tell us change is difficult to achieve, because “the majority of humans prefer short bits of information, have limited attention spans, can only digest popular ideas, are lazy, selfish and feel they are entitled to happiness, irrespective of how the world around them is experienced”. 

Yet –  outside the formal media, expert conferences and technology platforms – my experience is that these types of behaviours are the exception rather than the norm. Within societies that are not so computer technology dominated, cultural memories are intact, people are physically strong, they demonstrate remarkable resilience, and have exceptional skills at intergenerational and inter-species culture transfer.

Globally there is a popular rise in public speakers who gain stardom because of their mastery in complex articulation and with deep knowledge and experience – their popularity growing with thousands of followers on social media and patronage fan support sites. According to Rui Ma, Co-Founder of Transformational Technologies Lab – In China such experts can become millionaires producing educational content as people look toward the future of work and keep their skills and knowledge up to date.

Once off-the-beaten track cultures of long retreats and vision quests in syntropic permaculture and Amazon jungle technologies are now considered mainstream. Ordinary people eagerly study books on political discourse and economics, and thousands learn and use permission-less coding skills to experiment with digital economy and governance models.

Given the opportunity, most people prefer time to examine ideas properly, engage with and have more quality conversations, and contribute and participate in more wholesome societies. 

And, sometimes, the Rolls Royce leadership models and training investments do not apply to all individual, team community or organization’s realities and lifecycles.

It is precisely because of this – that your leadership will differentiate you when you apply yourself to vintage leadership philosophy and practices, fused in a novel new approach.

Role-modelling new gestures and movements and generating intercultural and species transmissions, is the pragmatic idealist way. Understanding how to activate social networks while regenerating and revitalizing positive and non-extractive, in person contact, connection and cooperation will become a sought after skill.

Applying practical wisdom in techoself cultivation will enable you to become a Strange Attractor in Chaos and Turbulence, cultivating a thriving quality life while growing a quality living in the edges. Confident in standing your ground when all seems to be swept away by continuous changes and life transitions.

Photograph: Hike during Tibetan Indigenous Wisdom Retreat – Vancouver Island, 2015