Special Collection #2: Editor’s Favorite Editorials

By Lia Aurami for Enlivening Edge Magazine

Read the first:  Special Collection #1: Answers to “What is Teal?”

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Introduction to Special Collections

This article is the second in a series which brings to you a whole new way to find useful information and benefit from the free online library of now 1393 articles that Enlivening Edge Magazine has published in our 100 months since July 2015.

We’ve noticed that even people who read articles don’t realize that within our library are answers to their questions, guidance for their work, and explorations for their curiosities.  And that there are many ways to go about finding whatever articles might be relevant to their current inquiry. We have summarized those ways here.

Every so often, in this numbered series, we’ll collect several articles on a theme or topic (distinct from our topics/tags.) We’ll usually republish one of the articles and provide links to several others. The collections will not usually be a complete list of the articles relevant to the theme.

Future collections might be around subjects like Teal-relevant networks and recurring events, or definitions of self-management, or the relationship of Teal and sustainability. Want to suggest one? Just comment on this article.

To read an article, click on the title of it.


My number one favorite Editorial, the best description of Enlivening Edge’s Evolutionary Purpose and why that purpose is important, is republished in full at the end of this list.

The following Editorial puts that purpose into historical context and explains why George Pór founded Enlivening Edge in mid-2015 to foster the Reinventing Organizations movement that started in 2014 and continues to spread rapidly as so many people resonate with Laloux’s book.

EE Magazine Editorial December 2018 – Gandhi Knew Why Every Movement Needs a Newsletter


The following Editorial by George Pór, our founder, captures some of the excitement from seeing that worldwide movement from the global perspective offered by and through Enlivening Edge Magazine, and further explains why our purpose is what it is.

EE Magazine Editorial April 2018 – The Movement (Slowly) Becomes Aware of Itself

This Editorial explains the idea of Evolutionary Purpose in plain terms, contrasts Green-stage and Teal-stage versions of the idea, and makes the context of Enlivening Edge’s Evolutionary Purpose even clearer.

EE Magazine Editorial August 2019 – What’s Evolutionary about Evolutionary Purpose?

The following Editorial’s vivid metaphor brings the state of an organization into an evolutionary perspective and offers inspiring examples of “living as a bridge” to the future.

EE Magazine Editorial June 2021 – Are You Living Under, On, or As a Bridge to the Future?

This was the first attempt I am aware of to describe what a social ecosystem of next-stage organizations really consists of. It creates an extremely useful orienting map of the components which are people and organizations. A followup Editorial (the one just above here) clarified the ideas a bit. I’ve used this description many many times to help explain what Enlivening Edge’s purpose is.

EE Magazine Editorial December 2020 – Can You Spot the Emergent Piece of the Future of Work?

Another innovative macro perspective on the (budding) global ecosystem of next-stage organizations. The ecosystem is built from relationships not only of individuals but of whole organizations. When this Editorial appeared, it was the first I know of to try to describe how an inter-organizational relationship could be next-stage. Three years later, Ted Rau at Sociology for All created a great and very aligned description also.

EE Magazine Editorial April 2019 – What’s the Next Stage of Inter-organizational Relationships?

This is my alltime favorite Editorial, the one I have shared in so many discussions because it is the clearest description of what Enlivening Edge is all about: connectivity—and why connectivity plays a pivotal role in improving society. It’s very long and, I believe, worth your time for the inspiring education about what we’re all living through.

EE Magazine Editorial February 2019 – Enlivening the Edge into the Mainstream

By Lia Aurami for Enlivening Edge Magazine

Gather round, dear readers, and hear again the ancient story of how we, mere rivulets, can flow together into ever-larger tributaries becoming a new mainstream of society—the new ordinary, accepted ways to live, work, and relate. Listen for surprises and the longings of your own heart.

We begin this story as people arrive at a Community Conversation hosted by Enlivening Edge. “I’m lonely,” some share. “I feel like an outsider,” others say. “The way I want to live, work, and relate is so different from almost everyone I know. People around me aren’t interested. They criticize me. I feel rejected.” Still others say, “I’m trying to make changes in my organization, and not getting much support or encouragement.” “I have no one I can talk with about these things.”

The Conversation hosts and regular participants smile because they know that by the end, the new people will be saying things like, “I feel at home here! I feel safe and belonging!” “Oh my gosh, I am not alone! I feel so inspired to find all these like-minded, like-hearted people!” “How is it that we weave so much love into the space?”

Over and over, people form heart-connections that inspire contacting each other, learning about and from one another’s work, and begining collaborations.

Why does catalyzing those connections call us, Partners and Collaborators of Enlivening Edge, to pour our hearts and souls, volunteering our time and energy? The call is from Enlivening Edge’s Evolutionary Purpose:

Boosting the emergent collective intelligence, consciousness, and impact of the ecosystem of next-stage organizations and initiatives, until they become the new mainstream of organizing work (within the limitations and resources available to Enlivening Edge.)

We know the ancient story of how an edge becomes a new mainstream. Thanks to profound students of social change like George Pór, founder of Enlivening Edge, and Meg Wheatley, we know that

the commonly-occurring phases in creating a new mainstream are phases of relationship.

We know that when people who are co-creating radically new ways of living, working, and relating—mostly on their own—discover each other, and connect, then there is a natural progression of relating.

That progression can be called “boosting the emergent collective intelligence….” or it can be called the progression of relating. (Or it can be called increasing neuronal connectivity in the global brain.) It’s the same human story, told from different viewpoints.

We know that pretty soon (or later), the progression results in the edge of these new ways to live, relate, and work tipping into the flowing mainstream of culture. EE’s desire is to first catalyze discovery, the smallest rivulet of relating that (e)merges into others until there’s a new mainstream.

Perhaps your curiosity is piqued. How does this progression of relating result in a new mainstream? Perhaps you feel inspired to help us facilitate this natural progression, because you too are co-creating the next stage of consciousness in organizations, merging with other drops toward “the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible.”

Well, lean in a little closer. Hear the natural phases in this sequence, this evolutionary flow. You probably recognize them in your own impulses, or current experiences, or longings.

As the relationships among people expressing new ways of living, working, and relating increase in scale (numbers of people) and in complexity of inter-relating, the people have increasing power and influence in shifting a society.

Radically new social systems thus develop evolutionarily, emergently, rather than violently or abruptly. People grow the necessary capabilities and structures, such as emergent collective intelligence, that grow into a System of Influence that simply makes the old obsolete.

Where are you in the progression of these phases of relating, sketched below? Which of these phases do you recognize as next for you? Which ones are your heart’s longings?

Another question central to our story is: What phases is EE best enabling as we express our Evolutionary Purpose? Which phases require others like you to do on their own or in synergistic relationships with us? We’ll discover that as we go along here.

Discovery → Learning about →

Connecting → Communicating, Learning from →

Coordinating → Collaborating → Cooperating, Networks →

Co-creating → Synergizing, Communities of Practice →

Ecosystems → Systems of Influence, Social Movement →

New Mainstream “The Way It Is, The Way We Do It” in every aspect of society

The phases happen naturally. Each is a necessary catalyst for the next, yet they can overlap and mix, non-linearly. (So the order isn’t fixed.)

Tributaries in the Flow of Social Evolution

Discovery → Learning about → Connecting → Communicating, Learning from →

When people and projects become visible to each other and aware of each other’s work and visions, they start to learn about each other. Soon they want to connect and communicate far more actively so they can learn from each other.

These five phases are the snowball at the top of the hill, that EE is focused on, because they boost emergent collective intelligence toward the tipping point into the mainstream.

Coordinating → Collaborating → Cooperating → Co-creating → Synergizing →

Coordinating Surely you’ve experienced: “I’m learning about and from you. Now how can each of us do what we do, taking into account the other?” That’s coordinating.
Cooperating Then we naturally want to help each other; that’s cooperating or collaborating.
Co-creating Then we realize it might be beneficial to depend on what each other does, to move toward the greater complexity of relating called co-creating.
Synergizing Have you experienced that collaborations and co-creative relationships sometimes jump to another level of complex relating that moves everyone closer to shared visions? If so, you feel drawn toward synergizing: the success of what each is doing significantly depends on and contributes to the success of the other.

Networks →

How does the story unfold next? What have you felt naturally drawn toward after you’ve progressed from feeling lonely, like the only one with your values and visions, through to synergistic relationships? “Hey, what could we do together even better, toward our shared goals and visions, through networks, collaborative groups, or alliances?”

That’s the first stage of Wheatley’s life-cycle of emergence toward generating a new mainstream. The people involved become more aware of their collective potential for transforming larger aspects of society. We’re closer to the tipping point now!

Communities of Practice →

“I’m learning from others who teach, and also I’d like to be in a regular, peer-to-peer learning group, people who share my language and understanding and passion, people committed to being better at our shared arena of expertise.” Wheatley’s second stage of emergence is the development of communities of practice.

We long for such communities because we deeply sense how they move us toward the tipping point. They exponentially increase the speed of people learning and growing, of new ideas spreading, and of new knowledge and practices being implemented.

Ecosystems →

Now more people are living and expressing radically new ways of being, doing, and relating. As relationships grow more complex, more synergistic, more interdependent, we naturally form “a social ecosystem,” whether we realize we’re in one, or not.

All the relationship phases, but most especially social ecosystems, can generate many synergies from their increased collective intelligence, combined empowerment, and increased efficient use of resources. Goals that earlier seemed unimaginably complex and hopelessly ambitious or utopian, we now entertain as possible.

Self-awareness of collective power and potential as a social ecosystem is a rocket-boost for our effectiveness in becoming “systems of influence” on increasingly wider scales.

Systems of Influence, Social Movement →

New Mainstream “The Way It Is, The Way We Do It” in every aspect of society

Most of us have yet to experience this phase. Wheatley’s third stage in emergence “… is the sudden appearance of a system that has real power and influence. Systems of influence are the final phase, where the edge tips into the main stream. Pioneers hovering at the edge of many social systems are now leaders of the ‘way things are done.’” The practices developed by courageous communities become the accepted ways of living, relating, and working. People no longer hesitate about adopting (and easily learn) the new ways.

Enlivening Our Edge

If that is the ancient story, where are we all now in the current telling? Where is Enlivening Edge? What does Enlivening Edge see as our next collective steps together, dear readers? What is ours to faciliate and not ours to focus on?

EE is here ultimately because we hold a macro view and purpose of social change, of shifting entire societies or the world. That view includes knowing the story of the natural progression of people interacting in greater numbers and complexity of inter-relationships.

In our four main offerings to people, EE offers spaces and opportunities for catalyzing connections among people who are co-creating new ways of working together. So we are facilitating these phases:

Discovery → Learning about → Connecting → Communicating, Learning from →

That’s why we have articles about people around the world you can discover, then connect with and communicate and……. Our Facebook community enables many kinds of discovery, learning about and from, connecting, and communicating. In our Community Conversations, communication and learning about others is even more intimate, more complex. [And in 2023, our new Community Hub.]

And we joyfully acknowledge other groups and organizations who support and enable those phases of social evolution.

What’s next, for example, for those people who deeply connect with others in the Community Conversations, or, for example, get inspired enough by an article in EE Magazine to contact a new self-managed organization in Africa?

We see people experiencing their natural impulse to form deeper and more complex relationships than what Enlivening Edge can host. We know that many such relationships will form in spontaneous, self-organized ways. We inspire and encourage people to begin.

However, Enlivening Edge is not presently positioned to address the need in all the ways we can envision or in all the ways that would express our Evolutionary Purpose.

To serve the need, Enlivening Edge is looking for strategic partners in a new universe of joint ventures, partners who provide such opportunities as communities of practice, networks, and collaborations. We’d like to be able to say to the people who discover each other through our offerings: “Here’s where you can go to engage in these further kinds of relationships that are working to change society.”

Now that we all know how the drops on the edge become the mainstream, the ancient story has a new telling! And we all can be storytellers of this adventure! You are part of that telling.

Where are you flowing? What phases are you best suited to facilitate people into and through? How would you like to synergize with us? Please contact us.

*With a lot of help from my friends. This Editorial is truly a co-creation.

Some of the text above is drawn from this article by Anna Betz with extensive quotes from Meg Wheatley. Wheatley’s framework was also explored in this article on communities of practice.

Which articles in this Special Collection #2 of Editor’s Favorite Editorials are your favorite on this theme? Do you have a favorite that isn’t here? Leave a comment below.

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