Re: Emergent Learning LO1937

Barry Mallis (
5 Jul 1995 08:16:04 -0400

To Doug Seeley, who asks about Emergent Learning in LO1921.


If your analysis of your child's learning success is applicable to
business, then I see this thought linking back to the questions of
authority, power, leadership intention. I think so, because you attribute
in part your daughter's success to "openness and individual
conscious minds...".

As business slides or lurches forward (or backward) in the business day,
the intentions behind activities are, I think, absorbed in the process of
doing what has to be done. Ideas are often formed, then frozen for some
time as they move from the mind to their physical manifestation in work
produced or output. Please understand I am speaking about my own
environment, a machine and machine supply manufacturing company. I am NOT
refering to a think-tank organization whose output may be "frozen" in the
form of position papers, printed advice or whatever.

In my company, or your similar company, these frames (gosh, can't get away
from current lingo in other, indirectly related disciplines!) of idea/work
are often the action norm. Think, do, think, do. Openness and respect,
we wish to believe, are woven into the organization of people. However,
we on this list have been typing about how structures in most all
organizations are not based upon respect and openness of the kind we need
and are prepared to support in today's interactive societies. The 'think'
part is rarely well tied to the 'do' part. Lots of hindsight, and even
then lessons which might inform company success across broad areas of
endeavor are poorly learned.

So, Doug, I like the way your familial experience has touched seveal
different threads which are, it seems to me, the basis for this list's

I am reminded of the frames of activity and thought in Waiting for Godot.
At the very end of the play, Vladimir and Estragon stand downstage,
peering at the audience again, and one says to the other "Let's go." The
other responds, "Yes, let's go." And, Beckett reminds us in the stage
direction, "they remain standing". The play is filled with frames.
Frozen in time. Incapable of escape, but awaiting the redemption of the
learning organization listers. Remember, the only movement in and out of
this frame of frozen word games in the play is someone named Lucky and his
master who goes blind. And one small child who enters the stage twice and
disappears again. Probably from Geneva.

Barry Mallis