In complex systems science, “scaffolding” are those structures necessary to move from an initial state to an emerged form. For example, when recapturing an area of land and bringing it back to its natural state (e.g. prairie), you will find that certain birds and plants have to be present during the transition time in order for the old form to re-emerge. Once the new state has emerged, the scaffolding comes down… BUT, without the scaffolding, no change would have occurred.
Image and words above are Kevin Dooley’s via flickr
I think we forget this. I think we kind of ‘just want change’ and then when it comes slow or in ways not predicted, we tend to doubt that change can occur. Major CHANGE can occur, but think about words like: intentional, collaborative, process, gradual, incremental, and transformative. Try not to base your thoughts on words like: magical, speedy, easy and smooth.
Something to think about – Scaffolding: Not just for construction workers any more!!!!!!!