Pasted from an email conversation:
I still want to have a dialogue with you AoH folks about the term "chaordic"
some day. My understanding of chaos is that it has an inherent ordering principle and process embedded within it already, hence does not need the addition of the "-ordic" part to get there. How do you all see this?
Chaordic was originally conceived by Dee Hock to describe a form of governance that blends chaos and order. My experience is that for people unfamiliar with complexity science. who may not know that chaos leads to order, the term is a useful construct to talk about the balance. In English, most people would characterize chaos as highly unordered. The chaordic path for me is a lovely map of how to walk the balance between chaos and order, and when we engage in design to ensure that we are giving attention to forms that work with both chaos and order, form and life, yin and yang, creativity and structure... you
The questions in the stepping stones
are used by me within this philosophical context to give us just enough form to hold the life that is present in a group of people so that it can be directed to a particular purpose. Too much form and apathy appears. Too much chaos and people check out. The balance point is the sweet spot.