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Philosophy

Mission: Develop thrivable agents and a flourishing network to co-create a more thrivable world.

We work with a 5 point model, considering the individual, their environment (at many scales), the social interactions involved, the feedback and metrics to enable adjustment of the course, and the conditions for creativity.

Thrivable Elements

Creative

Through exploring cycles and process, future pacing, active listening, and individual vs. group dynamics, Thrivable seeks to uncover what factors promote creativity and emergence.  We investigate questions such as:

  • What is stimulating people to be playful?
  • What encourages redundant and random interaction?
  • What encourages reflection?
  • What access is available to emerging discipline-specific and cross-disciplinary information?

Collaborative

Network theory, collective intelligence, Appreciative Inquiry™, agreements, social media, community formation, and social science are important factors in understanding the interplay between peers, groups, and larger networks.  Questions include:

  • What allows and encourages people to interact?
  • What enables people to move from interaction to engagement?
  • How are social practice expectations set and managed?
  • What process manages grievances?  How is this self-organizing?
  • How is reputation acknowledged?
  • What encourages sharing, acknowledgment, and celebration?

Physical

Our situatedness impacts our ability to create, evolve, and collaborate.  Questions include:

  • What is the difference between a rival, non-rival, and ally?
  • What is place-making in different contexts?
  • In what situations does it make sense to own?  Share?  Borrow?  Buy?
  • Where do your environments fit within the permaculture?
  • Can the commons be managed, guided, or nurtured?
  • Do your physical environments create the conditions for appropriate emotions and mental states?

Individual

Attitude, perspective, and framing impact the ability of leaders to lead.  Thrivable looks into how the individual fits into the whole, including questions like:

  • How do we enable curiosity and play?
  • What encourages autonomy?
  • How have extroverts and introverts been accommodated?
  • How can people be fully human without disturbing others?
  • How can people be flexible and responsible with their time?
  • What do I need to do for myself?

Metrics & Feedback

Evaluative tools enable organizations and individuals to assess and monitor measures of thrivability.  Questions include:

  • How do we know we are thriving?
  • What evidence is believable?  Dependable?  Meaningful?
  • What feedback loops are in place?
  • When people or organizations are not healthy or joyful, how does the system become aware of this and address it?
  • How will you know if conditions you supply for creativity and innovation are effective?
  • How will you know if you need to change the flows of what people need and where?

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What is Thrivability?

Let’s compare with some of the other options, to get a better sense of how it fits and distinguishes itself.

In early 2010, seventy authors submitted their perspectives on the values, qualities, cycles, and actions that comprise Thrivability.

Thrivability: A Collaborative Sketch View more presentations from Jean Russell.

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