Chance and choice experiences, presencing as community art
Andrew Campbell wrote somewhere, "The more whole and integrated each person the chances for choices are increased..." I may have found that sentence in the context of his conversation with de Lange on the Learning Organizations list, 5 years ago. The following paragraph from de Langeâ€™s â€œChoice and Chance are They One?â€ message struck me and helped me clarifying the meaning of an interesting pattern in my own experience of navigating on the high seas of life.
The more we imagine the system's "coin" as an omnibus of "chance events", the less the coin leaves us with "free energy" to imagine its future as a "choice event". On the other hand, the sooner we deal with each "chance event" as an actual opportunity rather than stacking it together with other "chance events" of the past, the more the coin leaves us with "free energy" to imagine MANY "choice events" following from this ONE "chance event". I myself try to convert every "chance event" as soon as possible into as many as possible "choice events" so as to nurture my "free energy" and the "one-to-many-mapping" of my creativity. (emphasis added)
I found the "one-to-many-mapping"--in the sense pictured by Andrew Campbell's Lightening Branches belowâ€”of oneâ€™s creativity, both a fascinating metaphor, and a model for contributing to each otherâ€™s body of resonance with the emergent futures.
In my view, the painting also suggests presencing is a community art: the diversity of evolutionary possibilities triggered by one collective choice is a reflection of the diversity of talents and sensibilities present in making that choice.
Campbell's painting and de Lange's quote above also reminded me of what Otto Scharmer wrote in the 10th Principle of Presencing:
â€œWho we become will depend on the choices we make and the actions we take now. That being of the future is our highest or best future possibility.â€
Attracted to realize that possibility, I notice how rapidly I flip events that present themselves by â€œchanceâ€ into â€œchoiceâ€ events I use for my learning. The same attraction also pulls my attention to the question: What are the practices that communities can use for navigating their future (without blindspot) as they are co-creating it?