If you want to create a synergistic effect, there are at least two ways. You can form an organization and then by polarizing (energizing) it you assume it will automagically start creating synergy. This is because you know that bringing in polarisation will trigger the competitive process between ‘nodes’, which must be separated to allow for the competition. And triggered by this competition, you assume synergy will automatically emerge. You might be right.
On the other hand you could decide not to form a polarized organization but organize the neutral, non polarised energy you are willing to bring in, in such a way that it can flow freely between the ‘nodes’. Competition is not relevant in this variant because the freely flowing energy itself is already a stimulus for creativity. From this creativity you assume that synergy will emerge later. You might be right again. Especially if you look at organizing from an attention point of view instead of a competition point of view and honor the quotes of Heinz Pagels: “The visible world is the invisible organization of Energy” and Neil deGrasse Tyson: “We are all connected to each other biologically, to the earth chemically and to the rest of the universe atomically.” Good luck finding your energizing algorithm!
Every person in the world (not you or me but all the others ofcourse ;)) is unique. We take pride in our uniqueness. But we also have a strong urge to combine our individual uniqeness into something greater. Often with the goal to create synergy together. It is this combined uniqueness which is able to create great things. Only question is: what kind of uniqueness combinations do we need to combine to create this better world? We still don’t have the answers to that question, given the fact we currently seem to be more capable of creating new crises than solving the already existing ones. There is room for improvement in this area. Improvement could come by combining some of our individual uniqueness in another way than we are used to. Maybe the clue is simple: the more we share our uniqueness with eachother the more unique the world will become. And the more unique, the less centralized it is and the better the resource sharing can be. What’s your uniqueness?
Do you know what the picture represents? It’s called a Binary Kite. You can find some more examples here. I stumbled upon this picture and got inspired to post an article about centralisation. For me, this Binary Kite represents what you see can happening all the time in our society: the drive for centralization. But most original ideas or innovations start decentralized. And then when they mature and are ready for growth, we allmost automagically see synergy potential by centralizing it. And before you know it, you have centralized so much that the Kite is becoming more of a disabler than of the original enabler it was meant to be. So what should you do when you see concepts growing and growing and becoming massive, dominant, slow, costly, inflexible? Decompose the centralized concept into more or less autonomous but smaller subsystems and introduce modularity and loose coupling between the subsystems where appropriate. Or develop a Creative Destruction strategy and let the environment build up a new, more decentralized ecosystem in parallel that is less massive, less dominant, faster, less costly and more flexible than the centralized original. It’s that easy.