is like ‘spinning a top in mud’*
This article is the first part of a series entitled ‘Radicalising System Change’. Part 1 on ‘Weaving’ is my attempt to articulate a crucial gap in the most recent iteration of the movement for weaving system change building on the new mindfulness movement. I have been preoccupied with the question of how to re-engineer our legal systems to support system change for several years. I employ what I call a ‘meta-legal’ approach viewing the law as an emergent property of a Complex Adaptive System (CAS), itself then being a variety of components within an interconnected web of complex adaptive systems, the emergent properties of which are the socio-economic and environmental outcomes in society. In Part 1 I explore the problem space/context and political economy of system change identifying the failure of the weavers movement to engage coherently and adequately with the complex nature and role of law in society. In Part 2 I explore in more depth the concepts of power, safety, justice and sustainability as emergent properties within complex adaptive systems and in Part 3 I proffer an experimental participatory action research methodology aimed at catalysing a new genre of policy actors working for what I term ‘radical system change’. I share this multi-perspectival analysis to open up an ongoing conversation I am having with weavers to a broader audience in the hopes of exchanging ideas that can accelerate system change.
Introduction: On Weaving