Monday, June 04, 2012

words: chaordic, glocal, simplexity

Here are 3 words that I think the church needs to bring into it's thinking:

  • chaordic refers to a system of governance that blends characteristics of chaos and order. The term was coined by Dee Hock, the founder and former CEO of VISA.
  • glocal refers to the individual or group which is willing and able to think globally and act locally.
  • simplexity is an emerging theory that proposes a possible complementary relationship between complexity and simplicity.
One of the features that is common to all 3 words, is that they hold together paradox; they hold together things which we often view as opposites. I've been reading Len Sweet's book Viral. In it he argues that we are in the transition between the Gutenberger and the Googler generations. The former likes things all tied up and organized, the later refuses to be tied down. There are elements of truth in both approaches, but as God's people we transcend the cultural pressures and hold together seemingly paradoxical truth.

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