Jason F McLennan and Bill Reed say that the governing question about sustaining life for humans revolves around the nature of Homo Sapiens’ role in evolution. Are we meant to be passive observers? Is our role to conserve what is left of nature? Is it our responsibility to reduce the impact of the damage we cause? Or, are we to be positive and active participants for a thriving future?
They say the work of life is about focusing on active and conscious participation in the evolutionary process. Specifically: developing life-supporting relationships and actions grounded in each unique ecological system — the places in which we live or act. They describe Living System Design practice as a palette of premises, perspectives, and skills for doing this. Its five major principles are:
1. Only life regenerates
2. Life is about interrelationships
3. Every place is unique and alive and whole
4. Working with whole systems requires a pattern understanding
5. We are nature.