I recently came across the Flourishing Business Canvas and I'm struck by its conceptual rigor which is similar to that of the Total Happiness Canvas that I developed. The Flourishing Business Canvas was developed by Antony Upward.
Rod King's Total Happiness Canvas involves an application to business modeling of Albert Einstein's idea of a SpaceTime continuum. SpaceTime is defined by two question-tags: When (Time) and Where (Space or System). The four question-tags of Who, What, How, and Why define a system including its impacts or value (negative and positive).
Integrated with the Total Happiness Canvas is a heuristic for universal pain (problem) solving and learning, that is, the Pain-Plan-Do-Review (PPDR) Cycle. This heuristic draws upon the learning cycle of Plan-Do-Review as well as Deming's Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycle for continuous improvement. Addition of a "Pain" dimension to the latter cycle expands the aforementioned heuristics to a cycle for pain (problem) solving.
In this presentation, I present side-by-side topics of the Flourishing Business Canvas and the Total Happiness Canvas. In this way, similarities and differences between the two canvases can be quickly seen.
There are two major differences between topics of each tool. First, the topics of the Total Happiness Canvas are driven by a question-and-answer framework. In particular, the Total Happiness Canvas is driven by a Pain Solving Question (PSQ) that must first be formulated. The basic format of the PSQ is: "How Might We Eliminate Pain (HMWEP) of 'X'?' It's important to note that 'X' can be any theme, topic, or issue. The PSQ is then iteratively answered by going through the Pain-Plan-Do-Review (PPDR) Cycle. Tools like the Business Model Canvas, Lean Canvas, and Flourishing Business Canvas serve as 'scoreboards' while iteratively answering the PSQ.
The second main difference is that the Total Happiness Canvas is a visual "plug-and-play" platform that provides a Universal Pain Solving & Project Management (UPSPM) process for achieving goals in any domain. All business tools can be used in conjunction with the Total Happiness Canvas. Consequently, the Total Happiness Canvas can be used for "playing" the tool of the Flourishing Business Canvas. While using the process of the Total Happiness Canvas, the Flourishing Business Canvas acts as a visual information manager or 'scorecard' for organizing and managing ideas on each topic within the framework of UPSPM.
Finally, when used with the Total Happiness Canvas, many tools such as in Design Thinking, Six Sigma Methodology, Lean Startup Method, and Theory can be seamlessly applied using the Flourishing Business Canvas. The framework of the Total Happiness Canvas allows many and varied pain (problem) solving tools to be mixed and matched.