I recently appeared on an episode of the podcast, Political Economy with James Pethokoukis, to discuss my book, Getting Out of Control: Emergent Leadership in a Complex World, and the conditions that create and influence emergent systems. We had a wide-ranging (but too brief!) conversation. One of my favorite questions was when James asked me about the point of planning when we live in a world of emergent order.
Here’s a couple of quotes from our conversation:
“As participants in a complex, dynamic system, we contribute to … emergent outcomes where nobody controls the outcome or the system, but orderly beneficial exchanges happen.”
“Many emergent systems have a long start-up time. All of the intelligence in the systems is through the interconnections between the parts. It takes time to make those interconnections even if you have all the elements in the same place.”
Check it out! And check out James’ own substack, Faster, Please.