Ideal Ecosystem: Sustainable

Definition: Ecosystem

Moore has defined:

”An economic community supported by a foundation of interacting organizations and individuals—the organisms of the business world. The economic community produces goods and services of value to customers, who are themselves members of the ecosystem. The member organisms also include suppliers, lead producers, competitors, and other stakeholders. Over time, they coevolve their capabilities and roles, and tend to align themselves with the directions set by one or more central companies. Those companies holding leadership roles may change over time, but the function of ecosystem leader is valued by the community because it enables members to move toward shared visions to align their investments, and to find mutually supportive roles.”

Sustainability comes by connecting the systemic and systematic approaches

Systematic, means something is well organized or arranged according to a set of plan and or is grouped into systems. Conversely, systemic means something matters to the entire system. This describes something that belongs to, works together with, or can affect the entire body or system as a whole (Difference Between Systemic and Systematic | Difference Between).

Fig 1: The main goal for systems architects should be to ensure sustainability (link).

Stuart Boardman illustrates Architecting for a sustainable enterprise in Fig 1. Systematic is a lower approach than systemic, which is a whole.

For biology, a sustainable ecosystem is a biological environment and series of habitats that is able to thrive and support itself without outside influence or assistance. In ideal sustainable ecosystems, everything is already provided within the ecosystem for life to survive.

It is evident that an analogous definition can be seen for business, politics and society. Some systems are autonomous, autopoietic and some are sympoietic in the theory of autopoiesis.

Sustainable architecture

Boardman defines a sustainable architecture as follows (Fig 2).

Fig 2: Sustainable architecture is agile, has high integrity and is sustainable.

BetaCodex is one architecture towards modern leadership (link)

BetaCodex is a society to promote business transformation using the principles of cybernetics. The new ecosystem is sustainable, if it is compatible with the culture.

Fig 2: BetaCodex defines a transformation from hierarchy into modern networked culture.