Welcome to synergistics
Synergistics is the art and science of building synergy and collaboration, with the principles of collective intelligence, for prosperity and sustainability in turbulent times.
To live together on a small planet, we need new ways of organizing cities and economies and societies. This calls for a new operating system, one based on collaboration and collective intelligence. We need a ‘smart’, technical kind of intelligence – but even more, we need a ‘wiser’ kind of intelligence, which brings together different ways of thinking – social, technical, ecological, political and cultural.
The art and science of synergistics is a long term program, taking shape after the 2008 crisis, and now emerging with projects, methods and tools, and the Collaboratorium below.
The source-book for all this is now available as – Deeper City
The materials are shared between this site and Urban-3.0 . Here you will find:
- an inhouse Collaboratorium – an open lab with projects in progress:
- a Toolkit with practical methods and guidance: and
- a Resources library, with demonstration pathways for many kinds of human problem.
On the Urban-3.0 you will find –
- synopses & samples from The Book
- visual play-thinking on the Pandemic 3.0 – in the Mind Games
- background on the concepts and applications of Synergistics
- deeper and wider insights from Visual Thinking
Also there’s an invitation to join the emerging global Collaboratorium on Urban-3.0 – a forward program with multiple locations, stakeholders, fields, case studies, pilots, experiments and innovations….
This is the ‘home’ Collaboratorium – an experimental zone for a ‘collective intelligence laboratory’. Here the synergistic methods have been developed and tested in a range of projects, large and small, from around the world. For the global Collaboratorium – see the invitation above –
The disruptive power of smart technologies is now emerging. This calls for a new agenda – ‘Smart-Wise Inclusive Cities’ (SWIC), which steer the ‘smart power’ towards social equality, sustainable livelihoods & open governance. SWIC-India is a small pilot to test the synergistic methods, ready for scaling up to global level
Qatar may be at a crossroads in environmental history. With the world’s third-largest natural gas reserves its wealth is huge, but vulnerable. Everything could change with international climate change policy, market effects, or national priorities. For the shift to renewable energy, there is a clear advantage for the first mover. All this points to a Foresight-III approach to building capacity, for collaborative learning, thinking, creating and doing.
Water governance is split across public, private and civic sectors: there are many gaps, overlaps and barriers to integrated catchment management. To design more effective governance structures, we can use Synergistic principles. Then we can address the whole of the water cycle: supply, demand, water quality, groundwater, flood risk management and drainage.
From space, the human impact on the planet is seen by the spread of cities, but cities themselves are spreading into much larger areas of sprawl, around and between them. The planet has arguably entered the ‘Peri-cene’ – a new global human-environment system shaped by peri-urbanization. The PERI-CENE project will provide the first ever comprehensive assessment of global peri-urbanisation, with its climate impacts, risks and vulnerabilities. For more see http://peri-cene.net
The Synergistic Toolkit is designed for working with complex inter-connected problems. It shows how to turn a ‘Nexus’ of contradictions, into a ‘Connexus’ of opportunities. It’s a package of methods, tools, techniques, and templates.
The Toolkit helps to understand a complex present, and explore the pathways to opportunities in the future. It works with a 4 stage process – ‘Systems / scenarios / synergies / strategies’.
The synergistic resources are a structured collection of materials, on the art and science of synergistics.
To start, we put up mappings of the 44 synergistic pathways, from the book ‘DEEPER CITY: collective intelligence and the pathways from smart to wise’.
Deeper City is about collective intelligence and the next operating system, local and global. This comes in different forms. There’s a jungle type intelligence for a ‘smart’ city where the ‘winner-takes-all’. And there’s a civilizational intelligence, for a ‘wise’ city, where ‘winners-are-all’. So how to get ‘from smart to wise’? Deeper City maps out 44 pathways, ranging from cities to economies, technologies, ecologies, politics, insights and the global future.