Implications of the Repeating Pattern Phenomenon

1. The ability to develop simple, counter-intuitive breakthrough solutions on-demand

Because interaction-patterns repeat at all levels within the situation – and solutions are merely instances of a deeper, simpler and more profound solution – any solution idea, no matter how inadequate, is really an instance of the deeper solution.

This means that the deeper solution can be surfaced by repeatedly finding the pattern across solution ideas. Every solution idea – no matter how inadequate – contains an essence of merit, or it wouldn't have even been thought of in the first place. Combine and find the repeating pattern across three or more inadequate solutions, and you're triangulating on a deeper solution that is currently invisible to you.

Do this a few times in succession and you're in breakthrough territory – relative to your starting intuition, at least!

2. The potential for Systemic (Pattern-level) Intervention

Systemic Intervention is intervening in the challenging situation at the pattern-level (throughout the entire situation at once), rather than at only a single point. It enables one to effect change massively throughout the entire situation by making small changes to the interaction-pattern that's driving the situation, wherever that interaction-pattern occurs within the situation.

Think of it as changing the DNA of the situation.

3. Quicker, easier and more reliable validation of the Intervention Solution

Checking an intervention solution for sufficiency is far easier than with non-systemic intervention, because any interactions or patterns that don't follow the interaction-pattern you've identified are indicators that you haven't found the universal pattern for the situation, yet. Once every interaction and interaction-pattern fits the universal interaction-pattern, you can be confident that the intervention will be effective.

But there is an even more telling test of solution-power and effectiveness: The Serendipity Test. The Serendipity Test is merely looking for evidence that the intervention-pattern you've designed addresses additional issues and challenges that you hadn't previously identified or targeted. The level of serendipity you encounter is an indicator of solution-power: the more serendipity, the deeper the pattern-insight and the more powerful the intervention solution – because it is obviously at a deep enough level to address an even broader range of elements than it was designed against.

4. Quicker and easier enhancement of insights

Systemic Thinking allows insights – whether diagnostic insights into the current interaction-pattern or intervention-insights into what is needed to change the interaction-pattern – to be upgraded and enhanced very quickly and easily. Merely add the new elements to the elements list and follow the same steps as before, in order to refine the universal interaction-pattern and intervention-pattern to reflect the newly identified elements that either hadn't exhibited before or were missed for some reason.

Intervention insights are really a continuum (in that today's solutions are tomorrow's diagnostics), so it's an ongoing process – but, as you can see, is hardly laborious at all, in comparison with most other techniques.

5. The potential for Systemic Collaboration

It is way easier to orchestrate the collaboration people, independently and collectively, once they understand the instance of the single interaction-pattern driving their part of the situation.

This enables diverse and dispersed groups of people to bring about quick and massive situational change because it enables them to work in concert to change the asymmetry/bias of the system/situation, without a high level of direct coordination – or even a high level of precision. This happens almost automatically.

6. A widening of the Intervention Window

The intervention window for systemic intervention is way larger than for non-systemic intervention, because pattern-level intervention doesn't require the level of precision, timing, coordination and synchronisation that non-systemic interventions require.

Better precision, timing, coordination and synchronisation do translate to faster and truer situation transformation, but pattern-level intervention is far more fault-tolerant and self-healing than single-point, non-systemic intervention, because the intervention-pattern is effective pre-emptively, responsively and reparatively.

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