The Ecosystemic View

From Brothers Grimm series by Kilian Schoenberger

From Brothers Grimm series by Kilian Schoenberger

Physicist Fritjof Capra writes,

“Partnership is a key characteristic of life. Self-organization is a collective enterprise. We see that these principles — interdependence, network patterns, feedback loops, the cyclical flows of energy and matter, recycling, cooperation, partnership — are all different aspects, different perspectives on one and the same phenomenon. This is how ecosystems organize themselves in a sustainable way.”

For too long business and industry have been pretending that they exist in isolation – that their success, failure, profitability, and sustainability are a result of their own strategies and actions. If we take on the perspective of ecosystems, meaning we choose to look at not just the makers and takers, but all the adjacent territory in which value is exchanged, we see that businesses are impacted by much more than “externalities.”

The ecosystemic view allows us to see competition, the commons, and so much more from a different angle. The definition of success becomes more complex when we see that our organizations’ decisions impact much more than our stakeholders. Imagine if every organization explored their activity in light of their local communities, partners, governments, institutions, etc.?

Part of the peer-to-peer movement is intentionally choosing to take a larger view. We are connected, and as a result, how do we want to act in light of these connections?

We hope you will join us on February 28 as we gather a diverse local ecosystem of people and organizations. Invitations have been sent to people who are doing many forms of important work across Chicagoland. It should be a fun five hours.

Exploring Economic Alternatives


Money doesn’t look so green these days and neither do our traditional economies.  From Ithaca Time hours to Chicago Time Exchange to sharing tools with your neighbors, there are lots of mediums of exchange.  This will be only one focus of our discussions on February 28th.  Others will include new methods of creating the commons on which we all depend (at least until they get fenced in).  We’ll exchange ideas about how to create and maintain open commons.  Cooperatives have a long history; and new theories about how to organize them are popping up all over the place.  Come and join us for some great discussions and exchanges.  Speaking of which,  anybody know of an auto mechanics garage with tools that I can use for a few hours?

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Cooperation 2015; Connecting as Peers & Networks

Are you looking for new ideas, connections, and options? Do you want to connect with others exploring creative models and bridges to a better future here in Chicago?

Paradigm shifts in technology, economics, politics, local organizing, global movements and even spirituality pervade today’s world.  Moving to a society that is peer-to-peer, where people can directly help one another, is the real “sharing economy.” We want sharing that improves our quality of life by connecting us with peers to gain access to the resources and experiences we need and can provide.

It’s time for an exchange of ideas and opportunities, sharing our lives locally and connecting to the global phenomena that can provide us with the abundance for which we all hope.

Please join us at the Institute of Cultural Affairs on Saturday, February 28th, from 10am-3pm to share, brainstorm, connect and rejoice. 

Join us! You will:

  • Learn what is happening globally and locally in peer-to-peer (P2P)
  • Connect with others who are exploring creative models here in Chicago
  • Know where we can collectively take action to improve equality and quality of life

People from community organizations, local cooperatives and credit unions will meet and exchange ideas with folks that are working on peer-to-peer organizing in the global village.

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