The Need for A New Vision
Since the 1970s we have lost 50% of our oil reserves, 30% of the forests, 25% of the topsoil, 50% of its phosphorous and 52% of our living creatures. We need a new economic system that encourages societies to work with Nature, rather than ignoring it, squandering it, or trying to re-design it.
Eco-design is no longer enough (see design). Designers might re-design their practices in small, synergistic teams that are adaptable, co-creative and resourceful. Ideally, these would be creatively fearless, radically optimistic and self-reflexively conscious. Instead of seeking to design products and services, they might try to orchestrate paradigms that are self-sustaining. Set up small synergistic team/s with complementary capabilities.
- Encourage all members to be creatively fearless and radically optimistic.
- Set up feedback pathways that make your team self-reflexively conscious.
- Frame opportunity-finding questions, rather than adopting a problem solving approach.
- Try to see the world as a set of paradigms that are self-sustaining
- Re-purpose and re-language the names, stories and assumptions underpinning harmful paradigms.
- Expect there to be 'blind spots' within your own belief system (see James Greyson's blind spotting tool) (Greyson, 2014).
- Apply Donella Meadows's levers for change principle. (Meadows, 1999)
- Apply Buckminster Fuller's trim tab principle (Fuller, 1999).
- Seek auspicious combinations that will deliver benign synergies.
- Where possible, synergise synergies into a synergy-of-synergies.
- When designing systems, try to innovate in fours.
- If necessary, reflect upon the mathematical basis of working in cluster of four (c.f. Cowan, 2001).
- Use any of the above tools, then develop them and share them using our Creative Commons copyright.
- See recent chapter Collective Metamorphosis by John Wood for Prof. Wolfgang Jonas
- See John's recent Youtube talk DESIGNING BY RECOMBINING for China Academy of Arts conference (Oct 2014)
- See our paper on Harnessing Hidden Knowledge
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