Our challenge for the future is that we realize we are very much a part of the earth’s ecosystem, and we must learn to respect and live according to the basic biological laws of nature. ~Jim Fowler
I recently wrote about an ecosystem approach to business. Several readers commented on how looking at business, or any set of activities, as a complex interconnected set of interdependent relationships has helped them better understand vexing situations.
I can see a factory as an ecosystem, with inputs (raw materials, energy, etc.) as inputs and finished goods as outputs, with the real ecosystem being what goes on inside the factory walls. The human behaviors that either facilitate or slow down outputs. The business processes that either create waste or flow efficiently. For our work in strategy execution, studying an organization (factory, retail store, warehouse, entire company) as an ecosystem has brought many useful insights and solutions to difficult problems.
I recently ran across this video of the history of the “fossil fuel ecosystem”. Next time you turn on a light, fill up at the service station, remember what is really going on in this ecosystem. Since we are not bystanders, but active participants in this fossil fuel ecosystem, we can impact the outcome by our choices and our behavior.
It’s called 300 years of fossil fuels in 300 seconds. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJ-J91SwP8w
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