Seeing Fractals Calms Us

Seeing Fractal in Business Connections

“Communities of practice (COP) are informal (sometimes formal) groupings of professionals with shared interests that form to facilitate the exchange of expertise and shared learning or to function as professional support networks. We analyse a dataset on the size of COPs and show that their distribution has a fractal structure similar to that found in huntergatherer social organisation and the structure of human personal social networks. Small communities up to about 40 in size can be managed democratically, but all larger communities require a leadership team structure. We show that frequency of interaction declines as size increases, as is the case in personal social networks. This suggests that professional work-oriented organisations may be subject to the same kinds of constraint imposed on human social organisation by the social brain.

Who do you speak to at a work or social gathering? Notice if there is a fractal pattern by Antenna on Unsplash

What are Fractals

Seeing the Fractal Pattern Calms Us from Our Fractal Nature, a Journey of Self-Discovery and Connection by kimberly Burnham, PhD (Integrative Medicine).

Seeing the Pattern Calms Us

Pick a number between one and ten. If you think there are ten numbers between zero and nine, you are correct on one level. However, let’s shift perspectives, deepen our awareness, and suddenly you see that you can pick a whole number, a fraction, the square root of eight, or even an infinite, irrational number like pi. Fractals, like pi, are infinite. The detail you choose to focus on depends on your desire for accuracy.

Connect to Your Fractal Health

Consider which of your choices will benefit from more attention paid to the array of options.



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Kimberly Burnham

Kimberly Burnham

Writer, Poet, Ekphrastic Writer-in-Residence, Nerve Whisperer, Brain Health Coach, Author of The Traveling Brain: Illuminating Peace Poetry in 5000 Languages.