Nonhierarchical groups and complex systems

Heirarchical systems can to first order approximation be understood by linear thinking and simple cause and effect – the people at the top tell those beneath them what to do.

More nonhierarchical systems require more complex systems thinking to understand what is going, how decisions emerge. There are feedback loops of dialogue from which decisions emerge.

Different facilitation systems lead to different types of feedback loops and attractor states the group can get into.

What decisions get made can be very sensitive to small changes sometimes eg who speaks first, or how where people are seated around the table. At those points of extreme sensitivity one can the system bifurcated. One could argue better facilitation systems display less bifurcation points

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