Meditations on Attuning with the Rhythms of Life: Panarchy, Poiesis and Presence

The Nature of Business

‘The purpose of life is to live in agreement with Nature.’  Zeno, Greek philosopher, c500BC

‘He who is harmony with Nature hits the mark without effort and apprehends the truth without thinking.’ Confucius, Chinese sage, c500BC

Open yourself to the Tao, then trust your natural responses; and everything will fall into place.’ Lao Tzu, Chinese sage, c500BC

‘There is geometry in the humming of the strings, there is music in the spacing of the spheres.’ Pythagoras, Greek philosopher, c500BC

Scientific research into the dynamics of living systems has identified four distinct phases of development:

growth (G)

conservation (C or K)

collapse or release (R or Omega)

reorganization (O or Alpha)

In their pioneering work with the Resilience Alliance and in their book Panarchy, Lance H. Gunderson and C.S. Holling explore how these phases interact in living systems, including human organizations and communities. These phases form a continual…

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