The adaptive cycle (from Panarchy, edited by Lance H. Gunderson and C.S. Holling: Figure 2-1 (page 34). Copyright © 2002 Island Press. Reproduced by permission of Island Press, Washington, DC).
Panarchy is a conceptual framework to account for the dual, and seemingly contradictory, characteristics of all complex systems – stability and change.
Change is neither continuous and gradual, nor continuously chaotic. It is episodic, regulated by interactions between fast and slow variables
One of the core propositions of Panarchy Theory is that complex systems undergo cycles of renewal and collapse. This feels timely for a COVID world, in both our collective rebuilt and the individual need for reinvention.
This video on Trophic Cascades is worth your time and attention.
More on this in the coming weeks and months,
Thank you for reading.
* Thank you Susan for the introduction to the concept, and Lisa for the introduction to Susan.
Allen, Craig R., David G. Angeler, Ahjond S. Garmestani, Lance H. Gunderson, and C. S. Holling. “Panarchy: Theory and Application.” Ecosystems 17, no. 4 (2014): 578–89. Accessed May 10, 2020. www.jstor.org/stable/43677616.
Liberating Structures, Panarchy