There are no Natural Equilibriums in Systems

- Why are We Still Trying to Believe that?

Posted by Mattias Axell on September 13, 2015

What have I Done Today?

  • Watched a video on the idea of an open source future
  • Finished reading the book “On Trust: In Business, Politics and Life”
  • Watched the second episode of “All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace: The Use and Abuse of Vegetational Concepts” by Adam Curtis. It really gave some great perspective on systems thinking and cybernetics and its background and birth through the theories of ecology and ecosystems.
”Where is everybody?” - Enrico Fermi

Mississippi River Delta

What Tools have I Used?

  • HTML, CSS & GitHub
  • Coaching
  • Cybernetics, Systems Thinking

Garden Wall Weather Station, MT

What Surprised Me?

That it was such a great experience to get going on Github with a friend and help out to launch a Pretotype website of an idea he is working on. Truly inspiring!

What I think I will get a lot of time for does not happen that easily. I finished a book today but still there was a lot of reading to be done for the days with Andrew J. Taggart.

The coining and creation of the idea of ecosystems derives from a mechanistic worldview. As if humans created machines and that nature was a machine just like our systems. However it is understandable that Arthur Tensley was a man of his time and believed that could be the case.

"The Things to do are: the things that need doing, that you see need to be done, and that no one else seems to see need to be done." - Buckminster R. Fuller

79 Year Old Panoramic

What has Changed?

I am now heading full on into research scoping, scanning and design of research plan, and I need something of a weekly overview to look back at what has happened.

My engagement with launching projects on the go has maybe become bigger than in a long while, it's really fun but takes time that I maybe should redistribute!

The view on ecosystems, as it was portrayed in "All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace: The Use and Abuse of Vegetational Concepts". Systems seem to be in constant change and therefore there seems to be no status quo equilibriums. That is why systems in connection to power cannot remain the same although that seem to be the pattern in human systems so far.

Snowy River at Jindabyne

What are the Next Action Steps?

  • Taking care of tasks that are becoming old on my to do lists! Hopefully tomorrow!
  • Trying to read the ebook “Cultivating Discipline Lightly: A Guide for Philosophical Friends” by Andrew J. Taggart.
  • Getting started with the Research Design Plan!

Image from page 77 of "Ecosystems and Human Well-Being: Biodiversity Synthesis" (2005)

Photographs by The Commons.