SYSTEMS THINKING AND HOW PARTS CAN BE PARTS APART AT THE SAME TIME HELP SOLVE GLOBAL ISSUES
There isn’t a problem that the world is full of self-serving egoistic short, earning fast, making money centered people doing business only to grow themselves. No, seriously, it does not matter. What matters is what relationship they have with others in our ecosystem(s).
And yet it does matter because culture spreads, very much like a virus, from mouth to mouth it “infects” like nothing else and when it reaches a critical mass, it becomes the norm. Time passes, and the normative is put to the test, and suddenly it loses its grip around the society, and it fades away.
Something new comes along, and the cycle repeats itself. So it can do a lot of harm if let free. Wow, but we live in a “free world,” we’re “free,” right? No, we’re not. We’re just lending that feeling of being free, and it’s related systems to the next generation. You know, someone younger comes along, and suddenly, we the young are old, and that cycle repeats itself.
How can we better parent a regenerative business culture that is also welcomed by the next generation? I know you have lots of ideas, please contribute in the comments…
When we look at culture or norms or systems that we live in, it can fast become both abstract and complex. So when we ask and help to better ourselves, for the future good, it often feels challenging and even overwhelming. Yeah, how to recycle bins and cans, and plastic is a no brainer, we get it, but creating new sustainable and regenerative and functioning models and systems related to businesses, culture, and politics is not.
The normative and its culture hits you immediately. It fights every new initiative as it was the devil himself. Why, well only because it assumes it’s under siege, the system’s culture that is. Here you have the part or parts or systems that I believe is worth the extra attention.
What if we, preferably of trying to disrupt every system, focus on how they can better relate together in ways that contribute to the greater good.
This understanding was what sparked my business associate and I at enabledyou.io, and we have, for almost a year now, theoretically dismantled different systems and models related to how people promote behavioral change. Can you see all the parts all spread out? If not try to picture all things that motivate you, for example, what you need to start exercising; to become a runner, all the resources you need: friends, feelings, motives, running shoes, sports retailers, data, postal services, tech, and so on. It’s a plethora of systems making that achievable for you.
They all represent a system where they belong. For example, a pair of running shoes has made its journey through many systems before you put em on. If they also are produced in a somewhat sustainable way, they will continue its journey through other systems when you’re done with them.
Someone had an idea for those shoes and drafted a design — the design has now provided food for the designers family. Further down the production line at the factory, a worker had lunch at the local fast-food truck. All cooked with ingredients from a nearby farmers market. You get my drift. All these systems are intertwined with each other and won’t work without each other.
The solution we came up with was, instead of just having siloed systems side by side, (because they don’t often collaborate, they only coexist in the same “working ecology”), we began to see how they could affect each other more fruitfully. What if the food truck owners outside the factory took into their calculations what food and when during the day nutrition provided the best energy for the worker and designed its menus based on it.
Would we see a peak in production for both the food trucks and for the factory? And a happier worker? Who now also has the energy to focus on the children and their homework in the evening. Maybe even have the energy to exercise more and that my dear reader, will over time, transform into a healthier life for the worker. With known results of lower risk of attracting Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs), which, of course, also will prolong the worker’s life and increase the overall quality of it. What if?
Go fast and long, both alone and together, why choose?
We’ve made a regenerative business model out of this, and we will empower anyone based on this unique insight. Kind of grandiose of us saying this. Yeah, it might be so, but when we show our business partners that this works and not only generates profit but also deepens the customer relationship based on understanding the psychological foundation, it’s not. All with the excellent bonus and new ways of creating cultural and positive traction that overall help drive the change we need on a global scale.
Instead of treating symptoms, we can help systems to nudge each other to shift from bad habits and holding back a more regenerative culture to take form. A culture “that takes its responsibility.” Imagine the force we, together, can mustard if instead of only seeing parts on the table, we seek to understand and investigate, learn to acknowledge and infuse innovation based on deeper and more intimate relationships. All without actually not changing much. The food truck will still make food, right.
That’s the kind of commercialism I want to get behind, any day 24/7, do not hesitate, reach out, and I will be happy to assist. Regenerative thinking is not only how we produce what we need for ourselves today, but it will also guide us on how to create models that will help drive the change we all need. I do this because I have to, and I will look my kids in their eyes with pride while putting on a great smile!
Do you know what the best thing about all this is? Everything we need is at our disposal. We only have to help each other to facilitate it more productively. Everything we need is people!