Species Extinction and Biodiversity
According to the best estimates the current rate of extinction of species on Earth has reached approximately 1 per hour. The rate of extinction of species prior to the Industrial Revolution was around 1 per week.
It is stated in the United Nations Environment Program – Global Environment Outlook Statement 1 (UNEP GEO-1 1994), that human (over)development is responsible for the loss of biodiversity in a particular manner.
Biodiversity loss is not an homogenous phenomenon on a planetary scale, but occurs as localised destruction -tears and holes in the fabric of the planetary ecological system. The immediate strategic response must be to find solutions that address the localised loss of biodiversity. In addition these immediate localised strategic solutions should align with longer-term solutions. That translates into a vision of a sustainable, ecologically integrated planetary whole system including actions, projects and programs. It is not here suggested that we need to have one single united planetary human socio-political system per se.
Designs to facilitate an integrated whole Earth system must recognise the need to accomplish outcomes in the shortest timeframe with any given amount of resources. This is now our challenge. The Evolutionary Living Fractal model promises just such a solution framework.
Local solutions must integrate biodiversity protection with human development. We can safely predict that development is not going to stop or even slow down appreciably given current population trends. One biodiversity solution strategy proposed within UNEP GEO-1 is to create and facilitate what are termed biodiversity corridors.
Biodiversity protection must be integral to development
It is profoundly obvious once considered in any depth that biodiversity protection must be made integral to human development projects. The Evolutionary Living Fractal model suggests, from one perspective, biodiversity corridor facilitation and development strategies.
Beyond this immediate strategic response there must be a way of integrating, aligning and facilitating sustainability dynamically – i.e. at all levels of the social and economic spectrum for long-term strategic solutions. These must account for what might be termed Social Ecology which may give an account of the expressed human need to align ethically with nature. In any case long-term solutions must be accomplished through multiple synergies, as do natural living systems. The planetary system is after all one large living system. (Lovelock)
The classic example of an open living system used in theoretical modelling is the living cell. (Prigogine, Maturana). Advanced (highly evolved) eukaryotic cells are able to perform around 200,000 functions simultaneously and synergistically to create a marvellous state of sustainable operations known as homeostasis. This serves the purpose of sustainability at the internal level of the organism and at the interface of the organism with the external environment.
The Cell – prime example of sustainable development
The living cell is the primary example of sustainable development on the planet. The living cell is the sustainable biological system to have emerged as the primary functional system for life on Earth. Within the domain of biological evolution the model has been proven in the crucible of life on Earth across 3.6 billion years. Additionally the living cell is a reference that has been well researched.
After examining the living cell the Evolutionary Living Fractal ELF model then examines Living System Theory, Chaos and Quantum Theory, or what might as a whole be termed Complexity Science. Thus a contemporary understanding that includes Chaos, non-linearity and (quantum) emergence can be integrated into the model and a complexity model acceptable for cross-disciplinary conversations at an academic level is achieved.
The Evolutionary Living Fractal Model is applicable to general organisation (theory, viability, procedures, development) such as business, marketing, HR, administration, operations etc and also to general public communications such as P.R, marketing, advertising and promotions.
The ELF model does not necessarily replace existing theories and/or practices though in certain respects it might. ELF modelling offers the keys to alignment, synergy and sustainability from localised levels of operations to the global system perspective. Where existing practices are found to be incongruent with the ELF model a deeper and more engaged integration of stakeholders can be achieved through ELF modelled change processes. A popular phrase from Quantum theory explains this succinctly – “When quantum systems interact they become entangled.” Human consciousness can be described in terms of a quantum system and factored to produce results that go beyond the linear maps of traditional logical strategy. Quantum Vectors are non-ordinary.
Understanding the deeper benefits of the ELF model
To understand the deeper benefits of the ELF model we might do well to consider the fractal and quantum aspects and how by using this natural system whole systems can be transformed. The extraordinary power of the ELF model and derived applications is however deceptive since (as we may understand from Chaos theory – the Butterfly Effect) relatively small affects in the beginning stage of a process can generate very large effects over time.
The key to understanding ELF modelling is that transformation must occur holistically within the system at the beginning and not be hoped for at the end. But how can such holistic transformation be achieved? This is after all a recursive question as it leads us right back to square one. Such is the nature of the ELF model. Happily it may also be demonstrated that the ELF model provides answers.
To-date by engaging the ELF sustainability model in cross-disciplinary conversations and public communications a holistic framework for general sustainability, sustainable development and biodiversity protection has been achieved by the research. In this respect it may be noted that research into and proof of the model is seen as being integral to applications of the model in the field. To engage solely in empirical reductionist theoretical modelling without living application would run counter the basic principles of the model.
Application of the Evolutionary Living Fractal Model
The current live applications of the model are 1) Quantum Results for Business – The Business & Life Coaching system developed by Simon Richard Bull (author of this document) 2) The Treelovers Picnic not-for-profit project established by Simon Richard Bull and subject of this funding proposal.
Application of the Evolutionary Living Fractal model in context of the project of the TreeLovers Picnic seeks to apply the model to create a: Sustainable, evolutionary, transformative socially and ecologically congruent cell/entity that is capable of delivering multiple synergies (as do living systems) across a strategically conceived and designed set of interlocking sub-systems. This includes a minimum number of three sub-systems to maximise self-organisation, (quantum) possibility and evolutionary capacity.
See Additional Documents
1) Eco Villages of The Future
2) Aims Objectives and Outcomes of The TreeLovers Picnic
The Evolutionary Living Fractal or ELF Model is my contribution to the worldwide conversation about ecology, the environment and sustainability. I suspect this is a conversation that we should all be having. It will lead in very short order to the matter of the disadvantaged, malnourished, poverty stricken and unrepresented peoples of the world. These people are our very selves and must not be ignored. I like to quote Einstein who said: “A human being is part of the whole, called by us “universe,” limited in time and space. We experience our self, our thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of the consciousness. This delusion is a prison, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons close to us.
Our task must be to free ourselves from our prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all humanity and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.”