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¡Play makes H(e)y!

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Designing Creative Teams: Play makes Hay!
Play releases most Potential, Most Easily, Adding Most Value.

What works for Teams also works for Nature. Why?

Good Form follows True, Beautiful Flow.

It’s built into the way the world works, from geometry to nature, people and society. It’s called Universality and it works for everything…including Football (so it must be true)!

Like a Penrose tiling, finite shapes can create infinitely varied patterns.

This is how universality explores possibilities most easily.

Does that sound familiar? It should — because it’s Play.

Play in terms of recreation, making plans, models and theatre to explore new concepts, ideas and hypotheticals.

What the new sciences of complexity tell us is that Nature can self-organise to evolve, and it does it with lateral, playful dynamics that explore as much information in a possibility-space as possible, most simply & quickly.

Teams are a collective consciousness. So they both work best when they’re connected in as many and varied ways as possible.

When they’re both bottom-up as well as top-down.
Vertical and lateral, focussed and playful in turn, especially when problems need solving and new thinking is needed.

Look at the circles in this background image and how they change relative positions and sizes. That’s just what creativity is — playing with permutations and potentials to find the most ideal and fit for purpose arrangements.

Creativity is both divergent as well as convergent — and it yields moments that flip modes — or even keep both (or several), in superposition, most easily.

In terms of Nash Equilibrium, the most potential is released for the least energy cost during self-organised critical, phase-transition regimes (known as dynamical systems universality); when co-operation replaces conflict.

The geometry of the natural world into which we’re all embedded is fractal and recursively self-similar, it’s feedback-led, bottom up and top down in symphonic harmony, adaptive & resilient, rhyming and resonant, delivering gestalt (wholes that are more than the some of their parts — synergies). That’s what empathy is: emotional fractals and self-similarity between individuals and within teams.

So the best teams are the ones that are best curated and synergised by empathic mentors that tolerate and encourage equality & pluralism.
It’s what the French called an Espirit de Corps and is why a happy, healthy and creative team is also a pluralistic democracy that thrives on diversity, simplexity, shared information and humour, on leadership from the front delivering fulfilled potential for both individuals and the unit — on an emergent unity of shared purpose and meaning, rather than as an imposed, authoritarian “dick-tatorship”.

The geometries that best express these (ultimately, information), flows and behaviours are those of the Asynsis principle — and since they

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¡Play makes H(e)y!

  1. 1. ¡Play makes H(e)y! •  It’s built into the way the world works, from geometry to nature, people and society. It’s called Universality and it works for everything…including Football (so it must be true)! " Geometries = Relationships
  2. 2. Form follows Flow
 Dao of Design: in Nature and Culture So what is Beauty in Time? So what is Beauty & Sustainability in Space & Time? " How does Nature Play with Geometry to Evolve & Grow?" Why does it matter? " "
  3. 3. Glaciers & Global Flight Paths A380 What do Flight paths, Aircraft sizes, & Glaciers have in common? Form follows Flow •  Boeing 777: Shanghai – Hong Kong: 300+pax •  Airbus A380: Hong Kong – London: 555+pax A380 777 777 The Designs we see in Nature & Culture are no Accident –
 they Happen because they Increase access to Flow Ice Rivers People Rivers
  4. 4. Fractal Flow Systems" •  Fractals are geometric echoes at varying scales and times •  Geometry is the “relationship of relationships” •  Fractals are analogically optimal geometry, like the coastline of Britain •  Like a poem, a Bach fugue or a viral meme, they are rhyming information relationships
  5. 5. Time’s Arrow" •  Entropy – Disorder goes up over Time •  Local Entropy decreases by Export •  So Global Entropy overall still goes up & that exported flow has Signatures Complex Dynamical Systems? 
 (like Life or Societies, People Buildings or Cities) 2nd Law of Thermodynamics
  6. 6. Those signatures are Fractal" Fractals are geometrical forms that express copies of themselves, both up and down in scale, they can be living or non-living Fractals are nature’s way to let heat do work most effectively, to design forms that follow ever fitter, further flows
  7. 7. Constructal law: Flow Nature is elegant, likes the freedom to evolve (because it’s good for design) – and likes to repeat herself at different scales •  “Given freedom, for a finite-size system to persist in time (to live), it must evolve in such a way that it provides easier access to the imposed currents that flow through it.” Adrian Bejan •  Constructal is a cross between “construction” and “fractal” – it explains the thermodynamic (heat doing work), source or cause of fractal geometry
  8. 8. Asynsis principle: Form
“Design in nature, consciousness and culture emerges analogically, optimally from Entropy” •  We can think of it as Optima: as the Golden Ratio’s signature in Time •  If Constructal law is the dancers’ performance, Asynsis hints at the score & their choreography •  Asynsis is a confluence of “asymptotic” “synergy” & “synthesis •  (Good) Form follows (True) Flow, leading to More for Less, for Longer
  9. 9. Freer, Truer Flow, any Flow: of Information, Energy, Mass or Resources Optima in Time: Beauty in Space: Boticelli’s Venus" •  Optima as ideal processes in 4D, over Time, lead to ideal Beauty in Space in 3D, as states •  They synergise Simplexity - revealing: “…simplicity as the ultimate sophistication, that beauty is truth & truth is beauty.”
  10. 10. The Golden Ratio is
 Form follows Flow in Action:
 it’s a beauty-bridge between Asynsis & Constructal •  Based on Unity’s uniquely self-similar relationship with itself, scaling up or down •  Simplexity exemplified: expressing the complex, most simply and elegantly •  The geometric expression of the principle of least energy in space and time •  It’s a primordial, archetypal fractal and iterated over time, an optimal feedback loop that allow systems to modularise, persist for longer, to self-organise and complexify, to synergise simplexity •  So its geometry exemplifies sustainability
  11. 11. Arsenal: “Rotations & Fluidity” •  Look at the circles in this background image and how they change relative positions and sizes. That’s just what creativity is — playing with permutations and potentials to find the most ideal and fit for purpose
  12. 12. Leonardo’s Divine Code? •  So Leonardo and all the others from Pythagoras, Euclid, Plato, Kepler to Pacioli were right •  This is a fundamental, optimal geometry of nature and of how it self-designs and evolves sustainably and resiliently whilst also generating complexity – in both space and as we now see with Asynsis dynamical symmetries, also for the lowest energy, in time •  Plant growth & design is a good example •  Einstein to Corb, “ …difficult job more easy”
  13. 13. Plant-Ecosystem Design •  Plants use the Golden ratio because it allows optimal strength to weight, wind- stress distribution, flow of water-nutrients, exposure to air & sunlight plus growth geometry – all for minimal energy, matter and resource cost •  Ecosystems like a forest or coral reef also use these growth geometries •  The message? Map them on to our civilisation if we are to survive in a similar harmony with the biosphere - as well as a forest or coral reef synergises with their environments
  14. 14. Optimal geometries: 
 Penrose Tilings •  Infinite creativity from Finite quasi-periodic geometries •  Regular, repeating but always Different •  Optimal balance between Order and Complexity – facilitating Creative Computation •  Nature Playing with Complexity to solve Problems
  15. 15. Mandelbrot – Feigenbaum – Viral Phi •  What’s the time-geometry of self-similar Viral Videos? •  Two new iconic images of the Golden Ratio from Chaos theory •  Mandelbrot-set: higher dimensional geometric object with finite area – but with a paradoxically infinite boundary •  Feigenbaum-diagram: population dynamics model •  Period 2 is lowest-energy dynamic period possible Period 2 Period 2
  16. 16. •  What does this mean? Optimal is Green •  To be unGreen is to be unBeautiful •  So – if being unGreen is unBeautiful – then to be Green must be Beautiful Optimal = Beautiful
 That’s the Dao of Design"
  17. 17. Napkin Sketch-ability? •  Can you sketch it in 10 seconds? •  If you can – maybe it’s an icon
  18. 18. Hong Kong Spin for West Kowloon Cultural District •  Fusion Design – Wheel reinvented •  Eiffel Tower + London Eye hybrid •  Development Catalyst
  19. 19. Form follows FlowMore 4 Less Optimal Structure: Strength/weight ratio Dynamic Tension & Compression: Forces dynamically expressed An Asynsis-Icon Testbed for Green materials and technologies Renewables Powered Carbon Offset Original team: ARUP + Aedas
  20. 20. So Li means the order of Qi flow, the wonderful dancing pattern of liquid, because Lao-tzu likens Tao to water: The great Tao flows everywhere, to the left and to the right, it loves and nourishes all things. Alan Watts, Taoism
  21. 21. …and being LUCKY
 •  So (Li) Asynsis Form follows (Qi) Constructal Flow •  Optimal = Ultimate Auspiciousness = Beauty •  Tai Tai: Chinese get that and have for 1000’s years… The Dao of Design: Form follows Flow So Beauty abides wherever (Good) Form follows (True) Flow, it’s when Ideas & Resources are best Synergised for the least Energy, & where Potential is most Realised
  22. 22. Ideal Geometries = Releasing Optimal Potential = Adding Most Value •  Creativity is both divergent as well as convergent — and it yields moments that flip modes — or even keep both (or several), in superposition, most easily ¡Play makes Hay! 玩
  23. 23. ¡Play comes from the Heart! Health Fortune 跟 一起 身体 幸 Gen YiQi Shenti Xing
  24. 24. ¡Play = Possibility! 玩 可 能Wan Keneng

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