This site was created as a bucket for subjects related to understanding how we can improve our world by paying attention to important areas of economics, environment, and technical IT solutions. It also has a specific focus on climate change and current global warming.
- Systems – LST
- Living Systems Theory is a means of identifying system components within systems. From that it becomes easier to identify needs within the system based on the health of the interactions between subsystems.
- Living Systems Theory – LST Basics
- Living systems theory is a general theory about the existence of all living systems, their structure, interaction, behavior and development. This work is created by James Grier Miller, which was intended to formalize the concept of life. According to Miller’s original conception as spelled out in his magnum opus Living Systems, a “living system” must contain each of twenty “critical subsystems”, which are defined by their functions and visible in numerous systems, from simple cells to organisms, countries, and societies. In Living Systems Miller provides a detailed look at a number of systems in order of increasing size, and identifies his subsystems in each. Miller considers living systems as a subset of all systems. Below the level of living systems, he defines space and time, matter and energy, information and entropy, levels of organization, and physical and conceptual factors, and above living systems ecological, planetary and solar systems, galaxies, etc.
- Systems Health Definition
- Defining health often leads to qualitative arguments. In order to establish a stronger methodology to achieve a quantitative analytic I propose that observed and measured levels of stress that leads to system anxiety may be the axial point at which one may derive quantifiable parameters to determine relative levels of health. The ability to identify problems before they increase in size and complexity is important to reducing cost, or preventing undesirable impacts. Increasing overall health of a system and its relationship with surrounding systems may or may not be a desired goal.
- OSS Views
- Understanding relative health of the inter-dynamic systems of our existence allows us to see better what we are doing right, and what we are doing wrong. By becoming more intimate with these dynamics, we increase our ability to plan for a healthier future.