Chaordic Systems


Here are some notes that are in development (I'm pulling out scribbles off various scraps of paper), and trying to formulate them into a semi-structured form that may be of use to others. If you have any recommenationds please feel free to email me, all contact information is on my main page:

Key Terms / Concepts

Something that is simulaneously a whole and a part
Stable Intermediate Forms
Hierarchy of holons
Test of Holarchy
Is that if a type of holon is removed from existence, then all other holons of which it formed a part must necessarily cease to exist too. Thus an atom is of a lower standing in the hierarchy than a molecule, because if you removed all molecules, atoms could still exist, whereas if you removed all atoms, molecules, in a strict sense would cease to exist. Wilber's concept is known as the doctrine of the fundamental and the significant. A hydrogen atom is more fundamental than an ant, but an ant is more significant.
Self-Similiar (Fractal)

Important People


Throwing away the mould

chaordic - that is, self-organizing, adaptive, non-linear and complex

"What happens if the world is changing at such a rate that it no longer bears any reseblance to your internal model of reality?" ... The third alternative is to examine your internal model of reality and try to change it. This is difficult and terrifying, because you are calling into question your whole identity, your sense of your value in the world. But it is the only alternative that will work.

When we have the group we ask, "What is our purpose?" Then we seek to defin that purpose with such absolute clarity that we can all say to ourselve, "If I could achieve this, my life would have meaning.' Making money is not a purpose, though it may be a necessity.


"We want to be the best organization in the world at what we do." Is that really a purpose or a meaningless generality?

The technology of chaordic organizations writ simple is that heaven is purpose, principles and people; purgatory is paper and procedures; and hell is rules and regulations


I'd like to thank Jayakanth Srinivasan (JK) for introducing me to this topic: JK: Hey danny, what about chaordic systems. Me: what?