Stages in Chaos Theory LO2859
Sun, 17 Sep 1995 21:26:29 -0400

Replying to LO2831 -- was: Intro -- Jim Saveland
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In a message dated 95-09-16 05:20:31 EDT, you write:

>I also talk about it some in a paper I wrote called, "Fire in
>the Forest" which I can e-mail to anyone interested. The gist of the
>is that at a fundamental level, disturbance in ecosystems and
>learning in
>organizations are closely linked by the concepts of death, rebirth,

Dear Jim,

I am glad you introduced yourself and I am interested in your paper "Fire
in the Forest". I would appreciate it if you could e-mail it to me. I
would also like learn more about the connection of learning to the cycle
of death, rebirth and transformation. I have been working with several
other OD consultants and members of Minnesota DNR who have a model of
environmental transformation that has four stages: Exploitation,
Conservation, Creative Destruction and Renewal or reorganization. We
mapped these stages to stages in chaos theory in one of our planning
sessions. The biggest "aha" for me that day was our conversation around
death and destruction and its relationship to environmental as well as
organizational transformation. It seems that we want to ignore death in
our organizations and in our culture.

It is always about growth. Yet continuous, rapid growth is cancer in the
cells. So I'm wondering what others think about the process of
transformation. Does our difficulty acknowledging/accepting death impede
our ability to transform?.

Thanks, Jim, for triggering the interest and I would appreciate a copy of
the paper.

Ginny Belden