Someone’s Got to Supply the Framework
It is clear that when managing complexity, we have much to learn. Research shows that frameworks are essential to becoming a human that is well-adapted to complexity.
The paradigms that many are beginning to transition toward are known as integral and holistic, and are unlike anything prior. They represent a major leap, and require us to press the pause button. If you find yourself questioning every basic assumption about how life works, and about how to live our lives and run our society, then you know your journey is well underway.
We’ve searched the world over, and found only two frameworks that support the mind to go beyond the conventional way of thinking. The Holistic Management Framework developed by Allan Savory and the Human Emergence Framework developed by Clare W. Graves, both stimulate humanity to develop the capacity to resolve complex problems.
Born twenty-one years before Savory, Graves made this prescient remark which predicts the need for something like the Holistic Management Framework:
“We can’t make the Green to Yellow Transition (i.e. the leap into the integral paradigm) until someone like me comes up with a new way of thinking about whatever the problems are, because someone’s got to supply the framework.” Clare W. Graves
As if on cue, Savory spotted from his personal experience that human psychology gets in the way of the transition to a new paradigm.
“But when a new idea goes against our experience, knowledge, and prejudices – what we know rather than what we think – our mind blocks it out, distorts it, or rebels against it. This inability to accept new ideas outside prevailing beliefs is called the paradigm effect, and none of us can escape it.” Allan Savory
Highly compatible, the two frameworks help us to comprehend and manage succession, each in their own way. (Succession refers to a process by which a plant, animal, or human community gives way to another until stability is reached.)
The Holistic Management Framework deals with succession in nature by enabling us to choose tools wisely by anticipating the outcome a particular tool will have on ecosystem process function. The Human Emergence Framework deals with succession of the human mind by enabling us to release barriers to human emergence (succession).
We weave together these two frameworks in all our training, starting with Holistic Management Fundamentals, where we first learn how to make holistically-informed decisions, and we introduce the human stages of development to help individuals make sense of self in their surrounding world.
When practised together, these two frameworks support the transition to a new paradigm that has the capacity to cope with wicked problems.