Christopher Chase – The Emergence of Connected Consciousness – 1-18-16




“A key feature of distributed intelligence is that no one part has to have the whole answer. Rather, the intelligence of the whole emerges through the actions and interactions of its parts.” ~Joanna Macy & Chris Johnstone

The following is an excerpt from the book Active Hope by Joanna Macy & Chris Johnstone..


“Something very interesting occurs when a group of jazz musicians improvises together. A number of separate individuals, all making their own decisions, act together as a whole. As the music flows, any of the musicians can take the solo spot, that leading role gliding seamlessly between the players.

Who decides when the piano or trumpet player should come forward? It isn’t just the person playing that instrument, for the others have already stepped back just a little to create an opening. There are two levels of thinking happening at the same time here; choices are made from moment to moment both by the group as a whole and by the individuals within it.



~Joanna Macy & Chris Johnstone~

The Emergence of Collective Consciousness