designContext searches for inspiration from nature, and to work with natural systems.
This requires a fundamental literacy of the foundational branches of science:
life sciences, physical sciences, social sciences, and formal sciences…
with the integration of the pedagogic taxonomy of the five kingdoms of life.
designContext offers a range of services:
awareness & research: short-courses, presentations, and research studies;
baseline analysis & strategy: analysis, conceptualisation, and capacity building;
design & implementation: systemic-design, and innovative value-chain design;
methodology & evaluation: project management, team development, and KPIs.
In nature there are three kinds of living systems:
parts of organisms: such as leaves or stems;
organisms: such as plants;
communities of organisms: such as forests.
Inspired by embedded systems (holons) in nature, designContext works
at these three levels of abstraction:
All we do, and all we are, can be viewed through systems thinking, including:
holons: wholes within wholes, and hierarchies;
relationships: qualities, forces, and interactions;
nodes: where flows intersect, and can be transformed;
feedback loops: cyclical dynamics, emergent properties of the whole, and chaos;
flows: inputs and outputs of bounded systems.
Inspired by living-systems, designContext integrates
systems thinking into the process of design: