Why Emergence?

The phenomenon of Emergence provides guidance for birth

Emergence values: the wisdom of nature, relationship, connection, responsiveness, attunement, flexibility, unpredictability, possibility, and creativity.

Emergence is a natural phenomenon, which has been applied to the process and experience of birth and development. Found within nature, it describes how life forms and living systems change, develop, and transform over time.

Emergence investigates how complexity, development, and wholeness arise beginning from simple interactions. The phenomenon of Emergence demonstrates how the whole is different from the sum of its parts.

Emergence accounts for how qualities of creativity, novelty, coherence, wholeness, meaning, self-regulation, development, and transcendence occur.

Emergence results in the creation of novelty, and this novelty is often qualitatively different from the phenomena out of which it emerged.

Emergence maintains that disorder gives way to natural order and yields something new: a pattern, a decision, a structure, or change (Miller 2010).

Emergence is fostered through: supportive, trusting, and respectful environments
; a culture that promotes learning, innovation, experimentation, and the freedom to make mistakes; a community that nurtures learning conversations
 and narrative (Capra, 1996)

Emergent behavior is influenced by numerous interactions between parts of the whole which combine in ways that do not correspond to simple sets of rules or cause and effect relationships.

Quotes on Emergence: Fritjof Capra

“The experience of the critical instability that leads to emergence usually involves strong emotions—fear, confusion, self-doubt, or pain—and may even amount to an existential crisis.”

“Since the process of emergence is thoroughly nonlinear, involving multiple feedback loops, it cannot be fully analyzed with our conventional, linear ways of reasoning, and hence we tend to experience it with a sense of mystery.”

“….the creativity of life expresses itself through the process of emergence.”