In Nature we see fractals everywhere, where the same pattern or shape, repeated over and over creates a complex shape. Examples include the cells of a honeycomb, the scales of a snake, the parts of a cauliflower, the structure of a leaf – each unusual and unique; each repeated over and over to create a tangible complexity.
We can also think about social phenomena, what is happening amongst people, in terms of fractals. In this, we think of activity fractals. If you look at an organization where people are dedicated to the same task you will start to see fractals of activity: patterns of action, interaction and behavior that are consistent and can be predicted. Based on these observations we may choose to create activity fractals of a new way of organizing, a set of actions that may not yet have been practiced and which nurture life; biological life and spiritual life. A set of actions that are aligned to the future that we want to bring into being.
An activity fractal can thus be undertaken by individuals or small groups of people. This notion is rooted in understanding two concepts: periodicity in systems, and fractals. The invitation to create activity fractals draws on the work of Meg Wheatley and Neil Baker about Leadership Fractals, but also incorporates insights from Perturbation Theory in quantum mechanics