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Report on behalf of Platform-7

Some Metadesigners Network findings interpreted for John McKiernan by JW in April 2014



Introduction

  • John McKiernan invited Metadesigners to help him refine the conceptual framework for establishing Platform-7.
  • Although his concept attracts great interest and goodwill from leading experts some see it as enigmatic.
  • And many see enigma as a negative element, especially if it frightens off possible new partners or supporters.
  • On the other hand, we know that many new paradigms seem impossible, or resist description, before they become established.
  • In this case, London-based entrepreneur John has already created many unique and successful ventures (e.g. remembrance events).
  • His last project (Moonbow Jakes) is still hard to describe, so this may also be true of the Platform-7 initiative.

Recommendations

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YOUR VISION STATEMENT SHOULD ENSURE THAT PLATFORM-7 IS ALWAYS PART OF THE SOLUTION (NOT THE PROBLEM)

  • This means collaborating with radical innovators to find business models for the new paradigm.
  • N.b. The lack of clear objectives in this recommendation is strategic.
    • It was inspired by Transition Towns, who decided not to wait for a clear strategy before announcing their determination to attain their objectives, somehow.
  • N.b. The neologism entredonneur may be helpful in identifying distinctions between Platform-7's altruistic form of 'entrepreneurship' and other modes of business entrepreneurship.

2. Crystalball

YOUR FRAMEWORK SHOULD ENCOURAGE COMMUNITIES TO CLEARLY ENVISION BETTER (e.g. LOW CARBON) LIFESTYLES

  • A local Attainable Utopias framework could augment top-down, prescribed-choice, ballot-box democracy.
    • (UK) political discourse uses adversarial logic to offer 'facts' and 'choices'.
    • This reflects the enduring Western preoccupation with 'truth' and 'rights'.
    • It is a legacy of the ancient Greeks and successive admirers.
    • Evidence-based science exemplifies this dominant genre of 'truth'.
    • Here, 'evidence' is seen as 'data' that reflects reality.
    • However, it also reflects the mindset of the scientist who 'designed' the particular observational act.
    • Science is only a translation of Nature's (unthinkable) handwriting into comparable/readable scripts/laws.
    • This is a reason why shared envisioning (aspiration-based motivation) is underestimated.
    • Factual, 'truth-centred' reasoning is only useful if we can imagine wise ways to act upon it.
    • Truth-centred thinking is not a vital pre-requisite to outcome-centred modes of reasoning.
    • Logically speaking, even designing miracles is a feasibility.

3 Catalysis

YOU MIGHT CONSIDER PLATFORM-7 AS A SPACE FOR CATALYSIS (see also Bucky Fuller's notion of TRIM TAB)
  • In a chemical reaction, a catalyst is the opposite of an 'inhibitor'.
  • A catalyst is the 'host' for reaction and transformation in other agents (chemicals).
  • It does so without using much energy and without seriously affecting the process that it facilitates.
  • It may host many catalytic reactions in parallel.
  • It is not consumed by the process.

4. Venn Diagram

YOU SHOULD VALUE DIFFERENCE AS YOUR PRIMARY ASSET

  • This may require an acclimatisation period as it is an unfamiliar way to see the world.
  • You will need to focus on relations (how things combine well) rather than auditing discrete resources or assets

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  • Industrial economies invest powerful emotions in quantity (e.g. money, oil etc.)
  • They perpetuate the myth that abundance is synonymous with quantity.
    • But no single asset, material or entity has any value on its own.
    • Abundance can only be created by combining different things appropriately.
  • Current industrial/economic mindset founded on several moot assumptions:
    • e.g. that mechanical economies of scale can be applied, more or less, in any context (e.g. biological/creative/wellbeing)
      • But scaling up to increase profits is often counterproductive or costly to adjacent organizations/organisms.
      • See concept of Long tail business.

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LOOK FOR AUSPICIOUS COMBINATIONS OF DIFFERENCES THAT MIGHT GENERATE NEW SYNERGIES

  • Bicycles are already packed full of excellent engineering synergies
  • Sprouts and broccoli already have useful nutritional synergies when combined in the same meal.

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CULTIVATE TEAM-ENHANCING SYNERGIES THAT CAN BECOME HABITUAL

  • One advantage of hierarchically managed systems is that they can convey top-down instructions very quickly and efficiently.
  • This enables the organisation to adapt to new instructions quickly.
  • This can be problematic, if the information passed down is wrong, misjudged, unfamiliar, vague or confusing.
  • Systemically speaking, top-down
  • Maturana & Varela)

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Biological............
Ecological............
Political............
Racial............
Cultural............
Technological............
Economic............
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ENHANCE YOUR DIFFERENCE-BASED ASSETS BY ASSEMBLING A DIVERSITY-OF-DIVERSITIES

  • ecological/racial/professional/technological/nutritional/cognitive/spiritual etc.
  • e.g. cited in our Rio document)

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USE YOUR DIVERSITY-OF-DIVERSITIES AS A CREATIVE FUND FOR ACHIEVING AN ULTIMATE Synergy-of-Synergies

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Fig. 2 - triangle & tetrahedron represent ‘team players’ (in green) and their relations (red)

REDUCE COGNITIVE OVERHEADS IN COMPLEX SYSTEMS USING OUR CREATIVE QUARTETS METHODOLOGY

  • Where 3 team players (green letters: A, B, C) can combine to produce 3 synergies (the 3 lines, 1, 2, 3), 4 players can combine to produce 6 synergies (i.e. twice this number). This is explained by a mathematical law of topology (c.f. Euler, 1751) that can be regarded as a law of universal abundance (Fuller, 1969) and harnessed in scholarship (Wood, 2000) and manifold forms of entrepreneurship (Wood, in Chapman, 2007; Wood, 2010).
  • See more on the logic of the tetrahedron

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  • Language this using terms that are meaningful and inspiring to you (Platform-7)

Recommendation 3
  • 3. Second, make effective (separate?) translations to each partner/client/supporter.

Recommendation 3
  • 4. Choose 4 key concepts that are as distinctly different from each other as possible.
  • 5. Ensure each quartet has 6 useful complementarities when combining the 4 in pairs.

Recommendation 3
  • 6. This may be achieved by keeping versions of the 4 that are grammatical equivalents

Recommendation 3
  • 7. Or it may be achieved by ensuring that the 4 entities operate as a whole proposition in which some act as verbs, others as nouns, etc.

Recommendation 3
  • 8. By making different versions (as above) it should be possible to create a template that invites a mission statement and clear agenda of action.

The Current Paradigm

    • for an integrative (rather than temporal) nature of ecological systems.
  • 1. Replace resource-focused approaches with a more relational strategy.
  • 2. Cultivate visions of synergy.

See document 1
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