In HSD, we believe that three conditions in the system shape the speed, path, and direction of self-organization—they shape the patterns that emerge in the system. In her ground-breaking research, Glenda Eoyang named these conditions as Container, Difference, and Exchanges. For thorough descriptions of these conditions, please visit CDE, a page of this wiki.
The HSD Magic 21 is a way of using the CDE to focus in on particular patterns in your system as you engage in Adaptive Action.
In the “What?” phase of Adaptive Action, the Magic 21 helps you see specific conditions that are shaping patterns of your wicked issue.
In the “So what?” phase of Adaptive Action, the Magic 21 helps you consider the impact of each conditions and identify informed, wise action to influence your patterns.
In the “Now what?” phase of Adaptive Action, the Magic 21 helps you take action, focusing your attention as you watch for change, and moves you into your next iteration of inquiry.
The attachment below offers a specific protocol for working through a Magic 21, and includes a specific example of how it can be used.