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Kairos: (καιρός)  Opportunity; seizing the opportune time and place for transformative change.    

"Kairos reigns where creative purposes are to be achieved.” (Aldridge, 2000: p.3)

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Kairos:  a window of opportunity -
             “the right or opportune moment".

The concept of Kairos encompasses both
time and space, and relates to:
  • "the auspicious moment"   (Kelman, 1969)
  • "a series of opportunities occurring over time..."
      (Myers, 2001, p.11)
  • ‘the right time’, ‘timeliness’ and "also carries a spatial metaphor, that of a critical opening"
       (Onians, 1951, cited in Hedaa & Törnroos, 2001)
  • a window of opportunity
       (Sullivan, 1992, cited in Hedaa & Törnroos, 2001)
  • an opening, a portal.

"The earliest Greek uses of the term, in both
archery and weaving, referred to ‘a penetrable
opening, an aperture,’ through which an arrow
or a shuttle must pass." (Hedaa & Törnroos, 2001)

In Greek, two words for "time" were:
- "chronos" - linear, chronological time, and
- "kairos"   - qualitative time, a moment in an indeterminate period when something special and transformative can happen.

In Greek mythology, Kairos (Καιρός) was the youngest of the divine sons of Zeus and was the personification of opportunity and opportune moments.

In front of the stadium at Olympia there were two altars, one dedicated to Hermes and the other one to Kairos (Caerus). Hermes, also a son of Zeus, was a god of transitions and liminality.


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