From a natural systems view,
human cultures are so very rich and resilient partly due to maintaining what amounts to blockchain connections to their roots. Every person who inherits an enduring human culture carrying their own copy of the roots of experience the culture derives from, more or less easily refreshed by contact with others. It seems to be an important addition to the understanding how both cultures and other natural systems that develop by growth really work, that makes our cultures such secure repositories for our ancient rooted ways of knowing and living. Once understood it would also change forever how we think we can solve cultural problems, like how our multiplying ‘solutions’ are increasingly disrupting both environmental and human cultures of every kind around the earth.
Those familiar with the challenges posed by the UN SDGs relying on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) would find my new natural systems research article on it very useful: Culture, Finance-for-Development and PPPs. The true nature of the problem points to using biomimicry for nature’s way of building collaborative systems.
The heart of it can be seen from either the problem side or the solution side:
- Problem: Human cultures are a lot like living organisms that retain their ancient roots, making them like trees, easily damaged by interventions, but nearly impossible to erase only healing by regrowth. So treating the problem as a lack of outside investment when it seems to have been outside investment that created the problem is shortsighted.
- Solution: Biomimicry for the design of natural economies, nature’s formula of “innovation, refinement and release” (iRR) can be incrementally experimented with to solve both the local and global defects of our global development plan to continually multiply investment in solutions, when increasingly it is over investment that is creating our most daunting problems.
Do comment if this gives you questions or ideas!