for a more harmonious ecosystem
Foundational assumptions about how the environment functions
1. All living systems utilize resources from their environment to live.
In essence, all living things eat. Living things consume fuel the sustains the symphony of processes that continually generate their conditions for living, e.g. energy production, metabolic processes, cell growth, etc. Even complex emergent systems such as flocks of birds, weather patterns, and the free market utilize resources in their environment to sustain themselves.
2. Different types of environmental resources produce different types of fuel and byproducts.
Not all nutrient cycling is created equally. For instance, plastic isn't "recycled" it's actually 'down-cycled,' while glass and aluminum are infinitely recyclable. In nature, every organism’s waste, excretion, output, or byproduct is another organism’s food/fuel. Nature operates with elegantly closed loop systems. Unfortunately, humans deviate from these harmonious cycles greatly and ultimately to our own detriment. But it doesn't have to be this way!
3. The degree of harmony of an emergent system determines its overall health.
The fuel and byproducts can be more or less harmonious towards the goal of sustaining the emergent life processes of the system and the environment of which it is a part. The fuel source becomes the substance of the living thing and influences its health and its offspring or fruit.
4. All emergent life processes are part of one interconnected whole ecosystem.
Causing disharmony in any aspect of the living environment will negatively affect the whole, eventually, since everything is connected--although nature always balances to maintain harmony. It’s just that sometimes nature uses storms and natural disasters (e.g. hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanoes, etc.) to help balance its living conditions, which can cause death and suffering for humans.
5. We can tune the harmony of the global ecosystem using the appropriate tools.
Using tools based on the principle of nature allows us to design in harmony with our ecosystem, such as regenerative and sustainable design, biomimicry and bioinspired design, and employing machine learning and AI to evaluate the impact of our creative solutions.
"Regenerative design is a process-oriented systems theory based approach to design. The term "regenerative" describes processes that restore, renew or revitalize their own sources of energy and materials, creating sustainable systems that integrate the needs of society with the integrity of nature." - Regenerative Design Wiki Page