tony jones has blogged that the distinction between emerging and emergent is pointless line drawing. i couldn't help commenting...
there are three distinctions and that's the problem.
agreed emergent and emerging are great words that capture the sense of what is happening as a bottom up organic grassroots movement.
the third term though is Emergent with a capital E. i know you guys don't like this and maybe i'm one of the people who you see drawing lines in the sand. but E is a brand, a publishing company, organising big tours, has spokespeople, is american, fundraises, employs people. so when you sit elsewhere and people use the word emergent you have to qualify whether you are talking about the movement or the organisation. it's not that i don't like the organisation btw - i think you guys are doing great stuff. but i have to make the distinction in certain contexts i am in where Emergent's take may alienate people who might be into the emergent stuff.
i am not trying to be difficult here - it is a real issue.