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.