I often come across people who want to change the world, or create 'large scale change'. A noble aim indeed. Yet I wonder about this. To scale things we create systems and programmes that can be 'rolled out'.
Recently I have become very interested in the issue of scale. In particular in the assumption that more, or bigger, is better (necessary even). This assumption is everywhere. Business seek more sales, more customers, more products and yet more growth.
I have been very struck recently by how productive it can be to start things before you are 'ready'. It is something improvisers do the whole time. They step on stage before they have an idea, rather than waiting until they have one. They let the idea emerge from the action.