Design: Dynamic Processes


  • Designing for dynamic processes is defined here as the assessment/evaluation/development and implementation of sustainable strategies/processes/procedures/structures and activities designed to reduce and/or eliminate losses and danger resulting from the surge and pulse of the natural and/or manmade environment
  • Dynamic processes/systems are understandable at a systems level but not controllable or fully predictable due to their natural/chaotic nature
  • When working with dynamic processes consider Reinhold Niebuhr Serenity Prayer: 
Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference
Or if you prefer Mother Goose :o) 
For every ailment under the sun; There is a remedy, or there is none; If there be one, try to find it; If there be none, never mind it
  • The mind map below shows my designing for dynamic processes notes

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Random notes

Paraphrases, short form stories and original thoughts

"As to methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The person who grasps principles can successfully select their own methods. The person who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble." Adapted from Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Above all else learn to communicate and collaborate"
"Seek to understand and provide not to pursuade"
"A permaculturalist lives by the ethics, a permaculture designer is a permaculturalist who consciously implements the principles"
"An idea is not a design"
"An idea is a response to a perceived need; an interface between subconscious and conscious "
"Design first, plan second"
"State the obvious, so everybody knows the obvious"
"Permawash - Taking anything from history, religion, culture, thoughts in your phking head and saying this is permaculture (design)" Pippi 201005
"Design is part of an implementation feedback loop; Design can be thought of as the problem resolution phase/stage/pattern/process/system"
"She'll be right" a euphemism for "we won't be around when this becomes a problem!"
"She will not be right unless shes done right"