2014/10/17 12:30 Peter Jones and Antony Upward, “Caring for the Future: The Systemic Design of Flourishing Enterprises”, #RSD3

@redesign @aupward second day #RSD3 “Business and Enterprise Design, Sustainability and Economic Policy” track at Relating Systems Thinking and Design 3, at AHO, Oslo, Norway

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Program is at http://systemic-design.net/rsd3-2014/program/


Sustainability as a concept has been around 30 years

  • Bruntland Commission (1987)
  • Sustainable Development
  • Ecological Modernization

Time to change these, problem of the status quo

John Ehrenfeld, around flourishing

  • Sustainable development, which is meant at a moment, so that future generations can enjoy the same benefits of our middle class society
  • Can we say our current world is flourishing?
  • Others may call it thriving
  • Flourishing is not yet scientifically defined:  human and all live on the world, ideally

Ayres (1998) strong versus weak sustainability

  • Strong is close to flourishing, hard to achieve with Bruntland definition, non-substitutability of natural capital with other types of capital
  • This has created either-or, which we want to get away from
  • Want to rename away from “strongly sustainable”, which was the research title

Aim for a new business model as flourishing

  • Aim for compatibility with The Natural Step
  • Living systems theory with supply side sustainability from Timothy F.H. Allen, Joseph Tainter and Hoekstra

The Flourishing Enterprise, sketched in the car

  • Need a new word for stakeholders, could use some help:  community of participants and/or advocates
  • People who have a stake in flourishing

There are plenty of more sustainable and less sustainable business models

  • Sustainable product-service systems (Vezzoli)
  • Dematerialized product-services
  • Circular economy / Supply-waste ecosystems
  • Collaborative consumption
  • Public-private incentive models
  • Regional mutualism

Best:  Unilever, Patagonia, Interface Carpets

Osterwalder and Pigneur, Business model canvas

  • Ontology in dissertation
  • Then design work
  • Big hit in startups
  • But no environmental impact model, no supply chain impacts

Antony Upward’s research:

  • 1. Understand natural and social science of sustainability
  • 2. Ontology of Strong Sustnaable business models
  • 3. Codesigned a Strong Sustainable Business Model Canvas:  tested in workshops

Revise definition of business model

  • Necessary but not sufficient:  rationale of how an org creates, delivers and captures value [in monetary terms]
  • Value is created with satisfiers align with recipient’s world view, and destroyed when they don’t

First version:  14 questions, 9 consistent with Osterwalder

A shared value business model using the Osterwalder canvas

  • Healthcare system, patient-centered, value-oriented

Business model as a formative concept (as Claudio Ciborra might have said)

  • Robert Rosen:  Business model as an anticipatory system, works on encoding and decoding

This is being presented at the Flourish & Prosper conference this week at Case Western http://globalforumbawb.com/agenda/


Sketchnoting of Peter Jones presentation by Patricia Kambitsch at https://www.flickr.com/photos/shagdora/15369534318

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