Pattern #21

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Creative Experimentation

Credit: Tom Atlee and Martin Rausch

Existing evidence is necessary but insufficient to enable appropriate evolution in changing contexts. Thoughtful trial and error within
a reasonable range of tolerance for risk is vital for wise development. So promote imagination and prototyping of possibilities wherever need, reason and aspiration suggest it might be productive — and then review and spread the results.

  • What can we come up with here that’s worth trying out?
  • What effective forms of low-risk, high-learning prototyping can we come up with?
  • What are appropriate forms of – or alternatives to – planning when we’re dealing with complex adaptive systems that cannot be controlled or predicted?
  • What should we be mindful of as we take initiatives into complex systems with uncertain futures?
  • What systems could be in place to foresee and head off any damage our innovations might cause?

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