By Giles Hutchins
Whereas once evolution was viewed as little more than a struggle for survival through dog-eat-dog competition, many now see nature through a more collaborative lens: networking, feedback loops, behavioral qualities and interdependencies within and throughout ecosystems.
Nature adapts within limits and creates conditions conducive to life. Likewise, in human systems, the old logic of Social Darwinism underpinning hyper-competitive business practices is giving way to a deeper understanding of what drives the individual, organization and ecosystem in its ability to sense, respond, adapt and evolve.
Yesterday’s logic is of top-down, hierarchic, command-and-control, risk-adverse, competition-oriented, control-based thinking. It is a mechanistic worldview based on reductionist logic that fragments reality into abstract definitions, silos and objects to be quantified, measured, controlled and then maximized, while largely overlooking the interrelated, fluid, connective, collaborative, participatory nature of Nature.
In drawing inspiration from nature, we may step beyond our narrowed-down view of life and recognize the intrinsic patterns and reciprocal relations in our midst. These patterns can often seem confusing or complex for our reductionist mind, yet for our intuitive logic they are quite natural to cohere with – we are, after all, expressions of nature. Such patterns and flows are, by their nature, regenerative and sustainable. In applying this inherent logic of life, we no longer need to superficially bolt-on sustainability initiatives to unsustainable modus operandi. In going with the flow of nature, we re-design for resilience, ensuing sustainability – in all sense of the word – is ingrained in how we operate and innovate.Click to continue reading »