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HISTORY AND PRINCIPLES OF EMERGENT KNOWLEDGE

 

David Grove's Emergent Knowledge is based on the principles of the new science of emergence, which explores the processes that enable ants to create their city-like nests, cities to create themselves, and internet businesses such as Amazon and Google to deliver their products through emergent principles.

In Emergent Knowledge, the client's psyche is treated as a system and a change in one part of the system will affect other parts of that system.

Emergence creates boundary conditions by laying the problem out in space and engages the individual's intuition as the primary guide to finding a solution. The facilitator stands outside of this process and does not add, comment, discuss or analyse any of the client's content. The facilitator is engaged at the operating systems level, asking a series of questions several times over, independent of the content offered by the replies of the client. Emergent Knowledge holds that the expression that is inherent in the nature of the problem also contains everything that is necessary for its solution. Conventional knowledge moves you from A to B and is goal oriented: Emergent Knowledge changes both the nature of the person at A and the nature at the problem or goal at B, such that, to a new world order, getting from A to B is irrelevant.

An emergent solution is one that is evidenced by a natural state of being in which mind, body, soul and spirit are of one accord, allowing the unexpressed shadow side of knowledge to have equal congress with the socially acceptable expression of the problem. When completed, an Emergent Knowledge solution has a natural and congruent fit for the client and does not require the physiology of effort, such as practice, reinforcement or dint of will to maintain the solution.

If the client's issue can be thought of metaphorically as an egg type problem, then conventional knowledge processes look for an egg type solution. The application of the emergent knowledge system creates a non-ordered, non-linear small world network of seemingly unrelated, irrelevant, red herring type data points that coalesce at a sweet spot, in which the mantle of a non-scaling, profound knowledge experience changes the very core of the client. In this moment emerges a new world order solution, one which confers the wisdom of a chicken’s cosmology rather than that of the egg. Hence, emergence creates opportunities to solve egg type problems with chicken type solutions.

David Grove's emergent knowledge also draws on the theory of the "six degrees of separation". This arises from studies which show that, mathematically, among the billions of people throughout the world, there is a probability of any one person is connected to any other by no more than 6 links. Similarly, David has found through his emergent knowledge work that it should take a client, on average, six spatial moves to find the link that leads to a solution.

The key to the linkages are the weak ties between the logical steps that one would normally take to find an answer. The weak ties are like short cuts to the solution. For example if there are 50 points on a circle, you would imagine you have to go through each point to complete the circuit, but if there are a number of weak links in the circle where one vaguely knows another, then all of a sudden you can jump to a place where only two more points are required to reach the end instead of 40.

This type of network is created by weak links such as some offhand or obscure remark which, if picked up on, can take a client to the "sweet spot" of a new perspective and a solution which might not appear if the most obvious line of enquiry were followed. The key is for the facilitator to use simple iterations (repetitive questions) over and over again in order to guide the process until a network solution occurs.

Using your intuition as a guide to a personal journey of discovery and healing through the intricate inner worlds of your mind's life, your exploration of emergent knowledge begins with a series of journeys to discover who you are and what your purpose in life is.

1. The spaces of your mind
2. Your metaphorical psychescapes
3. "I", "me" and "you".
4. What is your mission in life?
5. The lost worlds of you
6. Mapping your life history
7. Mapping your ancestry
8. Mapping your ontology
9. Mapping your mind
10. Mapping your body
11. Mapping your spirituality

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