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LIFE’S
UNIVERSAL
DESIGN
PRINCIPLES
ANDWHY WE NEED
TO ALIGN WITH THEM
IN WORK, IN LEARNING,
IN COMMUNITY AND
EVERYWHERE IN BETWEEN
THERE ARE MORE AND MORE SIGNS THAT
HUMANITY IS OUT OF ALIGNMENT WITH THE
NATURAL PATTERNS AND PROCESSES OF LIFE.
LIFE’S PATTERNS AND PROCESSES OFFER
UNIVERSAL DESIGN PRINCIPLES
WE CAN USE TO HELP ORGANIZATIONS,
COMMUNITIES AND ECOSYSTEMS THRIVE.
ALL THRIVING
LIVING SYSTEMS
ARE GUIDED
BY 4 SUCH
DESIGN PRINCIPLES.
CELLS INYOUR BODY BEES IN A HIVE
TREES IN A FOREST
PEOPLE IN AN
ORGANIZATION
1.THERE ARE PARTS
THE MORE DIVERGENT
(OR DIVERSE) THE PARTS,
THE MORE RESILIENT, ADAPTIVE
AND CREATIVE THE
LIVING SYSTEM WILL BE.
2.THERE ARE RELATIONSHIPS
THE PATTERNS AND STRUCTURES
OF INTERACTIONS BETWEEN PARTS
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
THE MORE OPEN AND FREE-FLOWING
THE RELATIONSHIPS,
THE MORE RESILIENT, ADAPTIVE AND
CREATIVE THE LIVING SYSTEM WILL BE.
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
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.
HINT:
IN ORGANIZATIONS
AND COMMUNITIES,
IT IS SHARED PURPOSE
THAT CREATES
WHOLENESS -
AND WITH IT,
EMERGENCE OF
NEW CAPABILITIES.
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.
THAT’S LIFE,RIGHT?
IT’S WHATEVER IT IS THAT ANIMATES US AND MAKES US ALIVE.
THESE ARE LIFE’S UNIVERSAL DESIGN PRINCIPLES
DIVERGENT PARTS DYNAMIC RELATIONSHIP
CONVERGENT WHOLENESS
SELF-INTEGRATING,
SELF-REGENERATING LIFE
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…
© 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
2
© Copyright Michelle Holliday
THESE PARTS CONNECT TO
EACH OTHER AND TO
CONTEXT IN A DYNAMIC
WEB OF RELATIONSHIP.
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.
THE WHOLE SYSTEM IS
COORDINATED BY A
SELF-INTEGRATING,
PROPERTY THAT CAN BE
UNDERSTOOD AS
THE SPARK OF LIFE.
4
© Copyright Michelle Holliday
AS THE SYSTEM EVOLVES IN
REACTION TO CHANGES IN ITS
CONTEXT, IT BECOMES
INCREASINGLY INTEGRATED
WITH ITS ENVIRONMENT.
© Copyright Michelle Holliday
© Copyright Michelle Holliday
THROUGH FEEDBACK, IT BECOMES EVER
MORE SENSITIVE TO CHANGES IN CONTEXT,
DRIVING MORE EVOLUTION, IN TURN DRIVING
INFINITE AND UNPREDICTABLE CREATIVITY.
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
THIS
MEANS:
YOU HAVE TO POLISH ALL
SO EACH “INGREDIENT”
THREE SIDES OF THE PRISM,
IS PRESENT AT
HIGH LEVELS …
…IFYOU WANT TO CREATE THE FERTILE CONDITIONS FOR LIFE
TO SHINE THROUGH AND DO ITS SELF-INTEGRATING,
REGENERATIVE, TRANSCENDENT “THING.”
WHAT DOES ALL THIS
MEAN FORYOU?
IT MEANS THAT A NEW STORY
IS POSSIBLE – AND EMERGING.
IN THE OUTGOING STORY,
WE SAW EVERYTHING AS
LIFELESS MACHINES
MADE UP OF SEPARATE PARTS
TO BE MANAGED AND CONTROLLED..
THIS STORY HAS SHAPED EVERY ASPECT OF OUR LIVES
HOW WE STRUCTURE LEARNING HOW WE APPROACH HEALTH
HOW WE GROW FOOD HOW WE STRUCTUREWORK
IN THE MACHINE STORY,
THE ORGANIZATION’S ONLY PURPOSE
IS PRODUCTIVITY AND PROFITABILITY.
THIS STORY HAS LED TO
ALL KINDS OF PROBLEMS
FROM MACHINES TO LIVING SYSTEMS.
NOW WE’RE CHANGING HOW WE SEE OURSELVES AND OUR WORLD:
TO STEWARDS OR GARDENERS OF
SOMETHING PRECIOUS AND ALIVE.FROM DRIVERS OF A MACHINE...
WE’RE CHANGING HOW WE SEE OUR ROLE:
TO CULTIVATE THE FERTILE CONDITIONS
FOR LIFE TO THRIVE.
AND WE’RE (RE)DISCOVERING A MORE MEANINGFUL PURPOSE
FOR OUR INDIVIDUAL AND COLLECTIVE EFFORTS:
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.
NOW, WE CAN CULTIVATE NOT ONLY
PROFITABILITY AND PRODUCTIVITY BUT
THRIVABILITY
PLEASE JOIN US AT
WWW.AGEOFTHRIVABILITY.COM
FACEBOOK:
WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/AGEOFTHRIVABILITY
TWITTER:
@THRIVABILITY
EMAIL:
MICHELLE@AGEOFTHRIVABILITY.COM

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Life's Universal Design Principles

  • 1. LIFE’S UNIVERSAL DESIGN PRINCIPLES ANDWHY WE NEED TO ALIGN WITH THEM IN WORK, IN LEARNING, IN COMMUNITY AND EVERYWHERE IN BETWEEN
  • 2. THERE ARE MORE AND MORE SIGNS THAT HUMANITY IS OUT OF ALIGNMENT WITH THE NATURAL PATTERNS AND PROCESSES OF LIFE.
  • 3. LIFE’S PATTERNS AND PROCESSES OFFER UNIVERSAL DESIGN PRINCIPLES WE CAN USE TO HELP ORGANIZATIONS, COMMUNITIES AND ECOSYSTEMS THRIVE.
  • 4. ALL THRIVING LIVING SYSTEMS ARE GUIDED BY 4 SUCH DESIGN PRINCIPLES.
  • 5. CELLS INYOUR BODY BEES IN A HIVE TREES IN A FOREST PEOPLE IN AN ORGANIZATION 1.THERE ARE PARTS
  • 6. THE MORE DIVERGENT (OR DIVERSE) THE PARTS, THE MORE RESILIENT, ADAPTIVE AND CREATIVE THE LIVING SYSTEM WILL BE.
  • 7. 2.THERE ARE RELATIONSHIPS THE PATTERNS AND STRUCTURES OF INTERACTIONS BETWEEN PARTS
  • 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. THE MORE OPEN AND FREE-FLOWING THE RELATIONSHIPS, THE MORE RESILIENT, ADAPTIVE AND CREATIVE THE LIVING SYSTEM WILL BE.
  • 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. 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. HINT: IN ORGANIZATIONS AND COMMUNITIES, IT IS SHARED PURPOSE THAT CREATES WHOLENESS - AND WITH IT, EMERGENCE OF NEW CAPABILITIES.
  • 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. THAT’S LIFE,RIGHT? IT’S WHATEVER IT IS THAT ANIMATES US AND MAKES US ALIVE.
  • 15. THESE ARE LIFE’S UNIVERSAL DESIGN PRINCIPLES DIVERGENT PARTS DYNAMIC RELATIONSHIP CONVERGENT WHOLENESS SELF-INTEGRATING, SELF-REGENERATING LIFE
  • 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. © 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. 2 © Copyright Michelle Holliday THESE PARTS CONNECT TO EACH OTHER AND TO CONTEXT IN A DYNAMIC WEB OF RELATIONSHIP.
  • 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. THE WHOLE SYSTEM IS COORDINATED BY A SELF-INTEGRATING, PROPERTY THAT CAN BE UNDERSTOOD AS THE SPARK OF LIFE. 4 © Copyright Michelle Holliday
  • 21. AS THE SYSTEM EVOLVES IN REACTION TO CHANGES IN ITS CONTEXT, IT BECOMES INCREASINGLY INTEGRATED WITH ITS ENVIRONMENT. © Copyright Michelle Holliday
  • 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. 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. THIS MEANS: YOU HAVE TO POLISH ALL SO EACH “INGREDIENT” THREE SIDES OF THE PRISM, IS PRESENT AT HIGH LEVELS …
  • 25. …IFYOU WANT TO CREATE THE FERTILE CONDITIONS FOR LIFE TO SHINE THROUGH AND DO ITS SELF-INTEGRATING, REGENERATIVE, TRANSCENDENT “THING.”
  • 26. WHAT DOES ALL THIS MEAN FORYOU?
  • 27. IT MEANS THAT A NEW STORY IS POSSIBLE – AND EMERGING.
  • 28. IN THE OUTGOING STORY, WE SAW EVERYTHING AS LIFELESS MACHINES MADE UP OF SEPARATE PARTS TO BE MANAGED AND CONTROLLED..
  • 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. IN THE MACHINE STORY, THE ORGANIZATION’S ONLY PURPOSE IS PRODUCTIVITY AND PROFITABILITY.
  • 31. THIS STORY HAS LED TO ALL KINDS OF PROBLEMS
  • 32. FROM MACHINES TO LIVING SYSTEMS. NOW WE’RE CHANGING HOW WE SEE OURSELVES AND OUR WORLD:
  • 33. TO STEWARDS OR GARDENERS OF SOMETHING PRECIOUS AND ALIVE.FROM DRIVERS OF A MACHINE... WE’RE CHANGING HOW WE SEE OUR ROLE:
  • 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. 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. NOW, WE CAN CULTIVATE NOT ONLY PROFITABILITY AND PRODUCTIVITY BUT THRIVABILITY
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