White Space

We continue to ponder the importance of 'white space', that space of potential.

We find it being called by different names. Alan Kay used the Japanese term of 'ma'. David Bohm, a theoretical physicist, refered to as 'free space' in what is know as the Brohm Dialogue . Phil Jackson, the basketball coach, talks about it as The Space Between.

Within the Buddhist tradition, it may also be thought of as 'emptiness' Śūnyatā or Dharmakāya , that from which becoming emerges mirroring Whitehead's understanding of 'creativity'.

Calling it 'white space' implies the sense of emptiness from which something new emerges. When we use that name, we see a nodding of heads – 'microagreements'. But we wonder if 'white space' holds connotations within a racial context, leading us to consider adopting Bohm's characterization of these as Free Spaces.

When we introduce the agile mindset to educators in a DIG , we gently suggest that they courageously follow their curiosity into these spaces, asking them to note surprise and then to connect that surprise together into a new pattern of meaning, something that happens in unexpected Eureka Moments. These moments, where a feeling a joy flows through them, are not forgotten. In fact, the can't be unfelt, empowering them to Claim the Joy.

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