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Use and Value Diversity:

Use and Value Diversity:

Diversity reduces vulnerability to a variety of threats and takes advantage of the unique nature of the environment in which it resides.  Look, we’re all different. Our physical characteristics, preferences, habits, and cultural norms differ, as do our economic resources, language proficiency, fashion sense, temperaments, etc. It is simply how the universe is designed....

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Use Small and Slow Solutions:

Use Small and Slow Solutions:

"Small and slow systems are easier to maintain than big ones, making better use of local resources and producing more sustainable outcomes. One can easily argue that large and fast solutions are sometimes needed. Emergencies happen, and we should contemplate appropriate responses within context. It’s also important to note that “small” and “slow” are relative terms, and...

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Integrate Rather Than Segregate:

Integrate Rather Than Segregate:

 “By putting the right  things in the right place, relationships develop  between those things, and they  work  together to support each other.”  One  of my favorite ways  to apply  this principle is in “stacking functions.” Stacking functions is an effort to make sure that each of the elements in a design performs multiple functions, and that more than one element...

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Design from Patterns to Details:

Design from Patterns to Details:

By stepping back, we can observe patterns in nature and society.  These can form the backbone of our designs, with the details filled in as we go.   This Principle is where we apply what we’ve learned from our observations and interactions into our systems’ designs. By designing our systems based on the patterns in our environment, we can save a tremendous amount of time...

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Produce No Waste:

Produce No Waste:

By valuing and making use of all the resources that are available to us, nothing goes to waste.    This Principle continues the practices of using renewable resources and further closes the loop.  As our consumption patterns change and we adopt more efficient business practices, we evaluate what remains and go deeper. The more that we practice thinking this way, the more...

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Use and Value Diversity:

Use and Value Diversity:

Diversity reduces vulnerability to a variety of threats and takes advantage of the unique nature of the environment in which it resides.  Look, we’re all different. Our physical characteristics, preferences, habits, and cultural norms differ, as do our economic...

read more
Use Small and Slow Solutions:

Use Small and Slow Solutions:

"Small and slow systems are easier to maintain than big ones, making better use of local resources and producing more sustainable outcomes. One can easily argue that large and fast solutions are sometimes needed. Emergencies happen, and we should contemplate...

read more
Integrate Rather Than Segregate:

Integrate Rather Than Segregate:

 “By putting the right  things in the right place, relationships develop  between those things, and they  work  together to support each other.”  One  of my favorite ways  to apply  this principle is in “stacking functions.” Stacking functions is an effort to make...

read more
Design from Patterns to Details:

Design from Patterns to Details:

By stepping back, we can observe patterns in nature and society.  These can form the backbone of our designs, with the details filled in as we go.   This Principle is where we apply what we’ve learned from our observations and interactions into our systems’ designs....

read more
Produce No Waste:

Produce No Waste:

By valuing and making use of all the resources that are available to us, nothing goes to waste.    This Principle continues the practices of using renewable resources and further closes the loop.  As our consumption patterns change and we adopt more efficient business...

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