This blog is an effort to share observations and invite conversation on ideas related to system change. We are particularly interested in how biological models may be applied to human organization. In particular, you might say we are working every day to instigate a return to services infrastructure at the basin or even neighborhood scale.
We see three system attributes in constant interplay: locality, openness and independence. We have found that people are more likely to thrive when their essential services infrastructure are more local, more open and more independent. That is, they are delivered on a human scale. When services infrastructure is at too large a scale, there is a loss of agency and a sense of helplessness. The system is controlled from too far way. On the other hand, scaled too small, infrastructure loses any economy of scale, becomes too expensive and is vulnerable to local risks.
We see a middle path towards developing services infrastructure that is right sized; not too big and not too small.
This blog intends to invite discussion on how scale matters in local communities. We have a direction for change. We think that systems built to serve local needs, that are open in their operation and practices and that are decentralized in their ownership and operations is the path of the future.
The curators for this blog are Arlen Coiley and Chris Brookfield. We both share optimism that new, innovative patterns of development are here. We intend to do our bit to promote, and hopefully, hurry things up a bit.
You see more about Arlen here: kindlingcollective