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Six Steps To Emergent Knowledge: David Grove's original process

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David Grove's original process by Matthew Hudson and Philip Harland

2,800 word paper, 9 pages, 535 KB

Presents the original principles and processes of Emergent Knowledge and the Power of Six which their creator, the innovative therapist David Grove, was using and teaching in the months before he died. It will be of value to all Clean facilitators - therapists, counsellors, coaches - and anyone interested in new ways of working with others.


The first key concept of Emergent Knowledge is that of the networking of information formed from knowledge held in a number of spaces. The next is the principle of iteration. In the context of a therapeutic intervention, iteration is the repetition of a question the answer to which incorporates the knowledge gained as a result of the preceding question. It is a simple systemic process. When enough nodes of information integrate – and the number, Grove discovered, was almost always six – a threshold is crossed and new knowledge emerges naturally from the system.

The therapist or coach is neither the instigator nor the interpreter, but the facilitator - the catalyst - of systemic emergence. Scientists, technologists, economists, and psychologists are finding a huge variety of uses for systemic emergence. This paper introduces a basic application in the area of therapy, self-discovery, and coaching. It is in three parts: Principles of Emergent Knowledge, Basic Processes of Emergent Knowledge, and Running an Emergent Knowledge Session.

Matthew and Philip collaborated with David Grove on the development of Emergent Knowledge. Matthew is a therapist and NLP trainer who was David’s assistant. Philip is a psychotherapist who ran EK/6 seminars and co-facilitated clients with David.

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