A Plan to Change Plans
Nature’s path for thriving new lives starts with a burst of extractive growth. We did that, and overdid that, and it has become a mortal threat. There’s still a chance we can do “PART 2” of the natural growth process, the stage of repurposing the growth resources to maturing the new design and making it fit for its new life in its unfamiliar new environment.
A talk for the Bioregional Regeneration Summit by Jessie Henshaw on her Natural systems design science on the opportunities for growth system transformation… a little like birth actually… Lasting system climax often starts with the resource for endless multipying its scale are abruptly cut off … a crisis solved by it reallocating remaining resources from growing to caring for itself and learning about its new world to survive. Our change will be like that at first, but is we cooperate on survival and caring for each other, it does seem to be what nature has prepared us for, despite our huge missteps….
In nature… the MIDPOINT TURN at the end of growth toward real life very often works quite smoothly, with the new life being of ONE DESIGN and fabric, having grown from A WHOLE INSPIRATION of some kind and remaining whole as it grows. As a result, it is also able to make a whole respond with its internal connections to signals from the environment of when and how to turn.
We follow the very same plan with whatever we create and care for to last. A – Start something, then B – make it work. Humanity has not yet turned to making the world work, our next big job, while carrying on with our lives too.
The most normally successful rule of new system growth is “create things to care for,” whether by nature or people. What gets it going is some small way of accessing energy and resources for accessing more. It’s an emergent “expanding spiral” process that, for people, we’d often call an “in-spir-ation” or, in nature, a “germ-in-ation”. Many other names, like “startup,” refer to it too.
As what is growing is a system organized to build with captured resources, it is more of a “find & connect” process than a “cause and effect” process. Of course, there are cascades of cause and effect, but they’re mostly organizational breakdown processes (entropic), not organizational build-up processes (syntropic). Mainly studying cause and effect ideas seems to be why physics did not find how to do advanced growth studies, despite the name first meaning “the productivity of nature” in Greek and then changing in use.
As a practical matter, one can often observe the little burst of energy with which growth starts or see some remnant of it. That aspect is fairly universal, whether for how new relationships start or projects at work. The same kind of inspired startup begins the work on a home, a new community change, organizations, and even making dinner and gardening. The success comes from following the burst of creation with a more careful process of coordinated care for the new design and fitting it, at its new scale, to its new world.