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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 support each vital function. It’s the efficiency builder. When we’re about to make any effort or learn a new skill, it is good to ask, How many different benefits will this provide? How many systems will this support? If I did it differently or elsewhere, would it save time or effort later? Thinking this way opens the door to a multitude of creative options that might be overlooked by using a default or out-of-context solution. Integration allows complementary qualities to support each other.   Why Do People Segregate? So, if the integration of ideas and elements is such a great idea,  why do we tend to segregate so...

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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 and energy. We can observe these patterns in the arc of the sun, with the tides in different seasons, by designing our personal routines around our children's school schedule, or when we adapt our company's business model to leverage our team’s strengths.   How to Design from Natural Patterns What are each individual’s natural patterns, and how can you best work with them? How can we widen our perspective, expand our understanding of the details, and look for patterns that invite creativity? Simply taking the time to design is another inherent element of wisdom in this Principle. A bold idea can turn into a...

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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 we can find usefulness in what we once considered waste. Current research shows that among the 251 million tons that Americans throw into the landfill,  besides the 20% food scraps that we could compost instead, our landfills are filled with nearly 50% of paper waste products. Also, much of what is in a modern landfill is plastic bags.  It is estimated the US uses 380  single-use plastic bags per year,  and there are as many as 1 trillion used annually across the globe. By reducing our waste, reusing, or sharing what we can, composting, recycling, and stuffing what’s left into bottle bricks, we can eliminate a...

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Use and Value Renewable Resources and Services:

Use and Value Renewable Resources and Services:

Make the best use of nature’s abundance to reduce our consumptive behavior and dependence on non-renewable resources. The natural world creates ongoing regenerative processes essential for the survival of the earth and its inhabitants. Worms aerate the soil, clovers & legumes provide nitrogen through their roots, and the leaves, seeds & fruits falling from trees (when left to decompose) provide nutrients for new life (including those worms and clovers). Early humans existed for hundreds of thousands of years, mimicking these naturally cyclical tendencies and living in-kind. We Are Part of the Problem Today, the logic of this Principle is disregarded. At some point, humans started using less-evolved methods for short-term gain. The information age is finally showing us, en masse, the devastation wrought by the shortsighted ambitions of the industrial age. In a short time, humans have managed to exhaust a stunning percentage of the planet’s resources and diversity of...

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Apply Self-Regulation and Accept Feedback

Apply Self-Regulation and Accept Feedback

We need to discourage inappropriate activity to ensure that systems can continue to function well. Self-regulation, or self-control, empowers us to be more accountable and effective human beings. It can also lead to greater efficiency in business. Feedback is essential for personal and professional growth. By understanding the effects of our actions, we can make better decisions. This Principle encourages systems to be self-regulating and continually accept feedback so the system can be maximized for efficiency and abundance. The Benefits of Self-Regulation and Feedback Acceptance Individuals or businesses that cannot take feedback and self-regulate leave themselves open to struggle and stagnation. In contrast, promoting these elements can reduce stress, increase efficiency, create healthier home/work conditions, and improve relationships. Tips for Implementing Self-Regulation & Encouraging Feedback Ways in which we might encourage feedback and apply  self-regulation include: ...

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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...

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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....

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...

read more
Use and Value Renewable Resources and Services:

Use and Value Renewable Resources and Services:

Make the best use of nature’s abundance to reduce our consumptive behavior and dependence on non-renewable resources. The natural world creates ongoing regenerative processes essential for the survival of the earth and its inhabitants. Worms aerate the soil, clovers...

read more
Apply Self-Regulation and Accept Feedback

Apply Self-Regulation and Accept Feedback

We need to discourage inappropriate activity to ensure that systems can continue to function well. Self-regulation, or self-control, empowers us to be more accountable and effective human beings. It can also lead to greater efficiency in business. Feedback is...

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