Search chain vs follow the leader community

My thoughts on two ways of organizing, one is the search chain, where everybody holds hands and creates the chain together, the other is the “follow the leader” or expert situation where we form a line, walking after each other.

Two kinds of organization?

Text and drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt

The two kinds of organizing that are so close to each other, it could be the exact same people, in the same landscape, just turning 90 degrees, cha(i)nging between the two ways of organizing

motivation, situation and goal defined

I wonder what characterize each of them… how much the situation and landscape helps define. Searching for a lost person or doing research, the search chain makes the best sense… But crossing a river in the best place, or getting quick to a located emergency, the walking in line makes the best sense

Two different mindsets and strategies

Maybe our choice between then search chain and walking in line is also influenced by our culture and mindsets. What we are brought up to do, and what pattern we are most familiar with.

Two different kinds of trust

How much trust there is in the community and how sure we are of the knowledge and skills of the experts might also play a role. Following an expert, you put all trust in following in their footsteps. Creating a search chain, you need to trust that each one do their best… trusting each member and the group as a whole.

Effects on our landscapes of understanding

Last the two ways have very different effects on the landscape, the search chain will disturb a fragile landscape a lot, in the situation. Why it is also used by hunters, chasing everything up and in front of them.

The walking in line will not disturb the landscape as much in the situation… But will have more long term effects, maybe even create a visible trail of understanding, that can be seen (and followed) long time after.

Drawing of a group of people holding hands making a search chain, and the same people making a line, walking after each other. Community illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt
Two kinds of movement through landscapes of understanding

Non texted version of my search chain vs walking in line drawing:

Drawing of a group of people holding hands making a search chain, and the same people making a line, walking after each other. Community illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt
Non texted version – Search chain vs. walking in line understandings

Keywords: art, landscapesofunderstanding, leadership, philosophy, citizenscience, citizen science, experts, strategy, plan, motivation, psychology, mindset, community, logbook

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