The dictionary says that ensemble is “a group producing a single effect”. The focus is not what each member does, but rather on what is created cooperatively. There is strength in numbers, and that implies capacity to do things that would otherwise be impossible. The group can function like a dynamo, generating energy and carrying the participants with an identity that is other than the sum of the parts that make it up. In group situations it can be useful every now and then to step back and get an overview of what’s happening on the group level, because this can be influencing things in a way that we’re not aware of. A bit like not being able to see the wood for the trees.