Key Emergent Phrases / Terms

By Patrick A. Trottier

Key phrases / concepts:

  • Attractors – elements that form some degree of relationship with other elements. Such may or may not be apparent, or form into ‘trends’.
  • Trends – a number of interdependent elements that begin to form some type and some degree of pattern. A trend may or may not continue.
  • Influencers – a number of trends which begin to have a potential to create novel patterns and experiences. An influencer may or may not continue.
  •  Influencing Patterns– a contingency of interdependent patterns that begin to emerge and form into something which has an inherent capacity to influence persons, things and events through the experiences they offer. An influencing pattern lives on in both the re-forming of itself through being effected by new influencers, as well as in the experience and the outcome of that experience in others, things and events.
  • Initial Determinates – initial conditions within potential parameters or boundaries that may form pattern influences to further develop novel forms.
  • Novel Forms – occurs when pattern influencers have begun to shape new forms which have the potential to further influence people, things and events through consistent and congruent experiences. Novel forms may become ‘determinates’.
  • Determinates – when ‘determinates’ generate consistent and congruent novel experiences over time they have the potential to shape new norms, beliefs, perceptions, behaviors and a shift in cognitive and mental frameworks in individuals and groups. Determinates can manifest more novel forms within defined limits.
    The primary definition of the word “determinate” as a verb is to make certain of. The primary definition of the word “determinate” as an adjective is having defined limits.
  • Density – the degree of relationship, influence, or impact to create attraction, influencers…novel forms and/or determinates over time. Such ‘density’ can be minimal as in elements forming some degree of attraction / relationship with other elements. Such may or may not be apparent, or form into ‘trends’. On the other end of the continuum, density can be very significant like ‘shakabuku’; a very swift kick to the head that alters one’s reality forever.
  • Closed Sytems, Control and Power Determinates – traditional rigid values, structures and boundaries to create standards of predictability. A ‘hamster wheel’ that can take many forms within a narrow spectrum. “The dance changes but the song stays the same”, kind of thing.
  • Open Systems – that which facilitates novel determinates to continually form new influencers, novel forms and novel experiences. Continuous, evolving and emerging change.
  • Guiding Determinates; (Principles, Guidelines and Boundaries); pattern influencers and determinates that shape desired forms of experiences and can generate further novel expressions in open systems of desired forms and experiences within defined limits.
  • The Unknown –that which is not part of current emotional and cognitive framework.
  • Disruptors  – that which breaks through the status quo to create newness inside and outside of that status quo. A ‘shock event’ to the existing system and framework which drastically manifests new norms, beliefs, perceptions, behaviors and a shift in cognitive and mental frameworks in individuals and groups.
  • Inhibitors – that which blocks novelty and newness to occur.
  • Continuous, Evolving, Emerging Forms –open systems that continue to create newness through experiences of determinates and disruptors. Forms; an arrangement of the elements. A particular mode in which something is manifested.
  • Newness – something experienced as distinguished from, or a departure from, what currently exists.
  • Chaos – a natural part of the adjustment process to novel forms, determinates and disruptors. The more disruptive the change, the greater the extent of chaos can/may occur. Chaos is natural to change. The degree of chaos is related to the density of the experience of change. Chaos may also be related to ‘moving into the unknown’.
  • Ecology – the relation between people (organisms) and their environments.
  • Relational Density – the strength of the relationship and influence amongst two or more elements, or entities.
  • Norms – when a ‘determinate’ becomes a ‘continuous pattern’. Norms themselves do emerge and evolve.
  • Tipping Point – the point at which a series of ‘influencers’ becomes ‘pattern influencers’ significant enough to cause ‘novel forms’ and possible determinates.
  • Diversity – heterogeneity, a range of different attractors and influencing patterns that may or may not become novel forms and possible determinates.


© Patrick Trottier and Associates, 2015 (All rights reserved)

Emergent Organizational Development And Change® (EODC)®
Emergent Organizational Development (EOD)®
Emergent Organization(s) (TM) (2012)
Emergent Change (TM) (2012)