on the power of systems

in my work i focus on how various elements (in my case people) interact with each other and for what reason they do so – their collective purpose. the entirety of elements interacting for a particular purpose is called a system. thus, once there is more than a single elements that does some work to achieve a particular purpose it requires some form of collaboration, which is defined by specific mechanisms of interaction. given this definition it becomes clear that almost all of what we do and experience in daily life is happening within various systems: from how we interact with others close to us (and even ourselves!), which is usually implicitly defined in our culture, to how we organize as communities, societies and our global civilization.

a core assumption within systems design is that the setup of systems and their purpose have a higher impact on the results than the elements and their individual behavior within those systems. the purpose of the system can be distilled by repeatedly asking why something is happening within that system until the answer is sufficiently high-level to describe why this systems exists. the setup of the system describes how the elements of the system are interacting. the interactions in turn are defined by implicit and explicit agreements, e.g. culture and laws, respectively.

to enable the change i long for in the world i focus on finding new sets of agreements that redefine how we collaborate and related to each other: with care, sharing of power and the flow of resources as the defining principles for us being together. together with those around me i aim to find new ways of collaboration that fundamentally serve life and which purpose it is to meet the most needs for the most people while staying within the boundaries of what our ecosystems have to offer.

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