A holarchy is a way of nesting different scales together. So my own background comes from working first with leaders, and then with teams, and then with organizations, and then with sectors, and then with communities. And before I got to the city, I'd started to notice there were a lot of patterns that kept repeating themselves at these different scales. And I live in a relatively small city, so it's big enough for me to notice the complexity of what's going on, but small enough for me to kind of keep a hand on quite a few of it, quite a lot of it. And so I would notice the repetition of the patterns of development of individuals and then teams and organizations etcetera.
And so what I also realized is that as an individual, I am part of a family, I am part of an organization, I'm part of a community, and all of those things I am simultaneously. So there's a holarchy of embedding me in a different set of scales and sort of orders of organization. So you can think of it as nesting scales, that would be one of the ways of thinking about it.
We can think about it even in terms of development, too. So the holarchy of just I-me-mine, the ego, is embedded in the holarchy of a more ethnocentric view of the world, is embraced in a much larger world-centric view, and right up to cosmo-centric, if you want to go there. So those are sort of two examples of holarchies.