Collaborative Action through Flow

Being in flow with others makes it easier to act. When someone is out of flow, it is harder for this person to sense and use the possibility to act. Taking a first step is always easier if someone else is doing it as well.

You can sometimes feel immobile to do something, but you just need one other person to say ‘Hey’ and you immediately say ‘Hey...’ and you move. And you can suddenly do things you didn’t think you could do. Definitely being in flow with others helps you to achieve things and not having any flow makes it hard.

One has to be capable to adapt to different kinds of flow. Flow, which facilitates communication between different cultures, is also highly context defined. Work environments for example, have specific conventions for behavior, formats for collaboration and explicit ways of dealing with power. Therefore apprenticeship models are important when discussing learning. It teaches people how to be present in a specific environment. As long as you provide some adaptation time, people will be fine. When being in an environment and trying to adapt, whatever that is being offered in order to be part of that environment, has to be persuasive enough. But at the level of one person with another, you automatically will move with another, or you won’t. Rhythm appears to be fundamental to flow. Tuning rhythm is not something that’s controlled. If you cannot adapt to the flow and the rhythm of a specific environment, then you will not be able to succeed in that environment.