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Life's Universal Design Principles

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The patterns of thriving living systems and why we need to align with those patterns in work, in learning, in community and everywhere in between.

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Life's Universal Design Principles

  1. 1. LIFE’S UNIVERSAL DESIGN PRINCIPLES ANDWHY WE NEED TO ALIGN WITH THEM IN WORK, IN LEARNING, IN COMMUNITY AND EVERYWHERE IN BETWEEN
  2. 2. THERE ARE MORE AND MORE SIGNS THAT HUMANITY IS OUT OF ALIGNMENT WITH THE NATURAL PATTERNS AND PROCESSES OF LIFE.
  3. 3. LIFE’S PATTERNS AND PROCESSES OFFER UNIVERSAL DESIGN PRINCIPLES WE CAN USE TO HELP ORGANIZATIONS, COMMUNITIES AND ECOSYSTEMS THRIVE.
  4. 4. ALL THRIVING LIVING SYSTEMS ARE GUIDED BY 4 SUCH DESIGN PRINCIPLES.
  5. 5. CELLS INYOUR BODY BEES IN A HIVE TREES IN A FOREST PEOPLE IN AN ORGANIZATION 1.THERE ARE PARTS
  6. 6. THE MORE DIVERGENT (OR DIVERSE) THE PARTS, THE MORE RESILIENT, ADAPTIVE AND CREATIVE THE LIVING SYSTEM WILL BE.
  7. 7. 2.THERE ARE RELATIONSHIPS THE PATTERNS AND STRUCTURES OF INTERACTIONS BETWEEN PARTS
  8. 8. E.G., CIRCULATORY, DIGESTIVE, SKELETAL & OTHER SYSTEMS & STRUCTURES E.G.,THE HIVE STRUCTURE;THE DANCES BEES USE TO COMMUNICATE E.G., MYCELIAL NETWORKS TREES USE TO DISTRIBUTE NUTRIENTS ACROSS THE FOREST E.G., PATTERNS OF INFO-SHARING & DECISION- MAKING; SPACES THAT CONNECT & SUPPORT
  9. 9. THE MORE OPEN AND FREE-FLOWING THE RELATIONSHIPS, THE MORE RESILIENT, ADAPTIVE AND CREATIVE THE LIVING SYSTEM WILL BE.
  10. 10. YOUR BODY THE BEE COLONY THE FOREST 3.THERE IS A WHOLE AN EMERGENT LEVEL OF LIFE WITH CHARACTERISTICS & CAPABILITIES OF ITS OWN THAT CAN’T BE UNDERSTOOD BY LOOKING ONLY AT THE PARTS THE ORGANIZATION
  11. 11. THE MORE CONVERGENT THE WHOLE (FOR EXAMPLE: THE MORE YOU REMAIN RECOGNIZABLY YOU EVEN AS YOUR CELLS ARE CONTINUOUSLY REPLACED) THE MORE RESILIENT, ADAPTIVE AND CREATIVE THE LIVING SYSTEM WILL BE.
  12. 12. HINT: IN ORGANIZATIONS AND COMMUNITIES, IT IS SHARED PURPOSE THAT CREATES WHOLENESS - AND WITH IT, EMERGENCE OF NEW CAPABILITIES.
  13. 13. 4.THERE IS A “SELF-INTEGRATING PROPERTY” THIS IS HOW BIOLOGISTS DESCRIBE THE WAY THAT…BY ITSELF THE LIVING SYSTEM INTEGRATES ALL THOSE DIVERGENT PARTS INTO A CONVERGENT WHOLE IN DYNAMIC RELATIONSHIP INTERNALLY AND EXTERNALLY IN AN ONGOING, MOMENT-BY-MOMENT PROCESS OF SELF CREATION AND SELF-REGENERATION. IN OTHER WORDS, IT’S WHAT MAKES THE LIVING SYSTEM ALIVE.
  14. 14. THAT’S LIFE,RIGHT? IT’S WHATEVER IT IS THAT ANIMATES US AND MAKES US ALIVE.
  15. 15. THESE ARE LIFE’S UNIVERSAL DESIGN PRINCIPLES DIVERGENT PARTS DYNAMIC RELATIONSHIP CONVERGENT WHOLENESS SELF-INTEGRATING, SELF-REGENERATING LIFE
  16. 16. WE CAN IMAGINE THIS SET OF DESIGN PRINCIPLES AS A PRISM CONTEXT*COMESIN AND AS IT PASSES THROUGH THE LIVING SYSTEM IT IS TRANSFORMED * PEOPLE, MATTER, ENERGY, INFORMATION…
  17. 17. © Copyright Michelle Holliday 1INDIVIDUAL PARTS MAKE DISTINCT, DIVERGENT CONTRIBUTIONS. AND WE CAN IMAGINE THAT EACH FACE OF THE PRISM REPRESENTS ONE OF THE DESIGN PRINCIPLES
  18. 18. 2 © Copyright Michelle Holliday THESE PARTS CONNECT TO EACH OTHER AND TO CONTEXT IN A DYNAMIC WEB OF RELATIONSHIP.
  19. 19. 3 © Copyright Michelle Holliday PARTS CONNECT TO EACH OTHER TO CREATE A CONVERGENT WHOLE THAT CANNOT BE UNDERSTOOD SIMPLY BY LOOKING AT THE BEHAVIOR OF THE PARTS.
  20. 20. THE WHOLE SYSTEM IS COORDINATED BY A SELF-INTEGRATING, PROPERTY THAT CAN BE UNDERSTOOD AS THE SPARK OF LIFE. 4 © Copyright Michelle Holliday
  21. 21. AS THE SYSTEM EVOLVES IN REACTION TO CHANGES IN ITS CONTEXT, IT BECOMES INCREASINGLY INTEGRATED WITH ITS ENVIRONMENT. © Copyright Michelle Holliday
  22. 22. © Copyright Michelle Holliday THROUGH FEEDBACK, IT BECOMES EVER MORE SENSITIVE TO CHANGES IN CONTEXT, DRIVING MORE EVOLUTION, IN TURN DRIVING INFINITE AND UNPREDICTABLE CREATIVITY.
  23. 23. IN ALL, LIVING SYSTEMS ARE CREATIVE, ADAPTIVE AND REGENERATIVE BY THEIR NATURE. THEY SEEK ALWAYS TO TRANSCEND THEMSELVES BY CONNECTING WITH OTHER LIFE TO CREATE NOVEL FORMS. © Copyright Michelle Holliday
  24. 24. THIS MEANS: YOU HAVE TO POLISH ALL SO EACH “INGREDIENT” THREE SIDES OF THE PRISM, IS PRESENT AT HIGH LEVELS …
  25. 25. …IFYOU WANT TO CREATE THE FERTILE CONDITIONS FOR LIFE TO SHINE THROUGH AND DO ITS SELF-INTEGRATING, REGENERATIVE, TRANSCENDENT “THING.”
  26. 26. WHAT DOES ALL THIS MEAN FORYOU?
  27. 27. IT MEANS THAT A NEW STORY IS POSSIBLE – AND EMERGING.
  28. 28. IN THE OUTGOING STORY, WE SAW EVERYTHING AS LIFELESS MACHINES MADE UP OF SEPARATE PARTS TO BE MANAGED AND CONTROLLED..
  29. 29. THIS STORY HAS SHAPED EVERY ASPECT OF OUR LIVES HOW WE STRUCTURE LEARNING HOW WE APPROACH HEALTH HOW WE GROW FOOD HOW WE STRUCTUREWORK
  30. 30. IN THE MACHINE STORY, THE ORGANIZATION’S ONLY PURPOSE IS PRODUCTIVITY AND PROFITABILITY.
  31. 31. THIS STORY HAS LED TO ALL KINDS OF PROBLEMS
  32. 32. FROM MACHINES TO LIVING SYSTEMS. NOW WE’RE CHANGING HOW WE SEE OURSELVES AND OUR WORLD:
  33. 33. TO STEWARDS OR GARDENERS OF SOMETHING PRECIOUS AND ALIVE.FROM DRIVERS OF A MACHINE... WE’RE CHANGING HOW WE SEE OUR ROLE:
  34. 34. TO CULTIVATE THE FERTILE CONDITIONS FOR LIFE TO THRIVE. AND WE’RE (RE)DISCOVERING A MORE MEANINGFUL PURPOSE FOR OUR INDIVIDUAL AND COLLECTIVE EFFORTS:
  35. 35. NOW, WE CAN EACH STEP INTO THE INFORMED INTENTION AND PRACTICE OF CULTIVATING THE FERTILE CONDITIONS FOR LIFE TO THRIVE WHEREVER WE FIND IT – AND WE FIND IT EVERYWHERE.
  36. 36. NOW, WE CAN CULTIVATE NOT ONLY PROFITABILITY AND PRODUCTIVITY BUT THRIVABILITY
  37. 37. PLEASE JOIN US AT WWW.AGEOFTHRIVABILITY.COM FACEBOOK: WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/AGEOFTHRIVABILITY TWITTER: @THRIVABILITY EMAIL: MICHELLE@AGEOFTHRIVABILITY.COM

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