Engaging Emergence Questions

In my travels for great questions I came across this gift from Liz Rykert who extracted the questions Peggy Holman shared in her book Engaging EmergenceI frequently go back to Peggy’s book and appreciate being able to save her sequence of great questions here:

  • How can we use our differences and commonalities to make a difference?
  • What is the difference that makes a difference?
  • How do we more fully understand each other and our environment?
  • How do we link ourselves and our ideas with others similar and different than ourselves?
  • What does it take to be receptive to the unknown?
  • Call forth what could be: What do we want more of?
  • What is working?
  • What is possible?
  • How do we create it?
  • What guides us when we don’t know?
  • What purpose moves us?
  • How do we cultivate conditions for the best possible outcomes?
  • How do we include the true diversity of the situation?
  • How do we engage so we achieve the best possible outcomes?
  • How do we inspire explorations that lead to positive actions?
  • What could we do together that none of us could do alone?
  • What would it look like if we were working?
  • What could this team also be?
  • How do we release assumptions of how things are to make space for new possibilities?
  • What is arising now?
  • What themes are surfacing that excite us?
  • What can we name now that wasn’t possible before?
  • How do we call forth what is ripening?
  • Once meaning is named how is it spread?
  • What keeps us going?
  • How do we find potential in the midst of disruption?
  • How do we create conditions in which chance interactions among diverse members of a system lead to break throughs?
  • How do we surface what matters to the individuals and to the whole?
  • How do we make space for the whole story – god, bad, or indifferent?
  • What is the least we need to do to create the most benefit?
  • What is our purpose in seeking change?
  • What is one less thing to do and still be whole and complete?
  • How do we disrupt coherence compassionately?
  • How do we engage disruptions creatively?
  • How do we renew coherence wisely?
  • How do we find potential in the midst of disruption?

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