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Systemic Approach Generates a New Cultural Paradigm

Luigi Bistagnino

The Fibonacci’s sequence (also called “golden ratio”), indicates a sequence such that each number, starting from the third, is the sum of the previous two.

The beginning of the sequence is thus:

1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, 233, 377, 610, 987, 1.597, 2.584, 4.181, 6.765, 10.946. 17.711, 28.647 …

This sequence (present in various natural forms such as in beehives, in the arrangement of leaves on a branch, in sunflower seeds and in the development of the shell spirals) surprises us with its rapid development, which quickly achieves truly considerable numbers. Each number represents itself a quantity, or a specific dimension, which however acquires a different value in the whole of its continuous additive relationships.

In the same way, the actions we daily perform seem to concern only us or a limited area of interest. Rather, they are part of a totality of actions that grow on a context, from a little region to the whole world.

On that view of mutual relationships, the value of what we do is essential and the approach we have becomes fundamental. With an individual approach people, things and situations will be separated both from each other and from their context, generating acquisitions, strong contrasts, conflicts, speculations and destruction. On the other hand, by achieving a more spontaneous vision of relationships with others and the surroundings, a new positive system of life and use of resources is obtained, aiming at the common good and not just at the individual.

The Systemic Approach, in fact, is a new way of acting based on two simple guidelines:

  1. to activate positive relationships between the various subjects (people, activities)
  2. to manage resources, so that the outputs of a system are the input of another one

In this way, the totality of relationships and flows of matter in transformation generates a new social, cultural, ethical and productive system. This will create a new economy in which everyone is involved and actively participates.

Consider the relationships in a collaborative way that connects the single units into a cohesive whole, in which the strength of all becomes the strength of each one. The different components, linked in collective action, perform a single little action that exponentially becomes great.

Posted October 2018

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