The Evolution Pattern signifies the leap to a higher level of complexity. It is one aspect of the more foundational Pattern, Creativity. Evolution illustrates the discontinuity a system undergoes as it makes the transformation to a qualitatively higher level of development. The shift to higher vertical levels of complexity must be balanced with horizontal adaptations at existing levels. The role of evolution is to make developmental leaps.
The principle of creative leaps: the enduring health and evolution of any system depends on the appropriate balance and integration of shifts to higher levels of complexity and foundational adaptations at existing levels, for a given context.