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Complexity-Aware Thinking is Ready for Prime Time

The Netflix series, “Designated Survivor”, offers a refreshing story about a president who is able to manage incredibly difficult circumstances.

In the TV series, low-level cabinet member Tom Kirkman unexpectedly becomes president after a devastating attack on Washington, D.C. He gets in by emergency protocol because he was named “designated survivor”. In the conspiracy, his forced selection is intended to lead to social failure, making way for dictatorial takeover. Yet against all odds, he and his administration lead with aplomb.

Why? Because his thinking is different – he values civility and all life. He envisions novel solutions that work. He engenders flexible and creative thinking in others. He is unafraid of disturbing the status quo. Yes, it is fiction, but the fact that a TV scriptwriter could conjure this story tells us a new way of thinking is emergent and ready for prime time.

What’s really going on in this TV series?

It’s about the emergence of our species. Humans are continuously co-evolving with their life conditions. As the world complexifies, new capacities emerge, or not. This is what we define as human emergence.

Today’s life conditions are testing the limits of the adaptive capacities of all life forms, not just human. Earth is fragile. Society is fragile. Threats of nuclear war, the ever-widening income gap, and the sixth mass extinction challenge every basic assumption.

Surviving such complexity is challenging, and we offer a simple principle:

Be and act at least a half-step ahead of the life conditions.

“A half-step ahead” refers to the capacity to look back in from the balcony to discern what’s really going on, to flexibly morph and fit oneself to the circumstances, to lead from a strong sense of purpose that is aligned with all life. Such an individual can suss out trouble, navigate obstacles, and make quality decisions that impact positively on all life.

As long as old ways of thinking remain entrenched, latent complexity-aware capacities are unable to be released within an individual or society. Simply becoming aware that our development is not yet finished, and that more is possible, stimulates the legitimacy and utilisation of new ways and means.

How can one support one’s own emergence, or that of another?

It is possible to learn how to stimulate human emergence by using research instruments, such as those offered by 5 Deep Vital Signs. These instruments hold a mirror up to the individual or to the organisation, to reveal patterns of thinking that cannot be discovered through self-examination.

The next big wave of human emergence can only happen volitionally. In other words, we need to wilfully seek it. It is like deliberately rubbing your own magic lamp to call out your inner genie, the hidden treasure inside.

Stance Matters: Releasing Latent Potential

We invite you to join us for, “Stance Matters: Releasing Latent Potential”, an eight-week virtual course that takes a deep dive into human emergence. Learn to release your hidden treasure.

Learn more here, or make inquiries at info@5deep.net.


Christopher and Sheila Cooke, 5 Deep Limited

You are invited to an Open House!

We are pleased to announce that our research and scanning methodologies have been upgraded to take on a broader vital signs monitoring capability.

The overall approach, known as 5 Deep Vital Signs, builds upon our experience gained since 1998, when our first vital signs monitor was built in Yorkshire, UK. The enhanced approach provides insights into the patterns and perceptions of change for individuals, organisations, communities, regions and countries.

Our surveying methods are focused on flexibility, and contextual relevance in securing quality data across all known stages of development, whilst creating the possibility to track the weak signals of new stages not yet defined. This effort enhances our ongoing research into human emergence by tracking humanity’s vital signs.

Our new scanning system is designed to support a coaching, mentoring, advisory or facilitation practice; and can be used as the basis of academic research.

You can find out more by attending one of our Virtual Open Houses on the 20th, 21st, or 22nd of May 2014. Please click here to register.

Best regards,

Christopher and Sheila Cooke

John Cook