A recursive design process has the ability to employ the same principles and processes on itself that it employs on the systems it designs. An iterative design process seeks to develop the whole from the very beginning and to add levels of definition and understanding over time. All levels will engage in iterations of work, not to arrive at the perfect answer, but to learn from each other, get feedback and take the idea further. Recursion facilitates robustness and resilience in our solutions. Working iteratively allows better feedback, and holds open the space for emergence.
CO signifies collaboration.
When done well, collaboration unleashes collective intelligence and channels that intelligence into the design and decision-making processes to produce dramatically better results. Collaboration recognizes that everyone has expertise, and there are no experts in the fields of the unknown and undiscovered. The complex problems we face today call for all kinds of intelligences, voices, and vantage points.
DE signifies design.
Design is a very lively process. It is hands on both playful and thoughtful. There are no pat answers. The role of designer can be highly liberating. It can give wings to a new-found freedom to innovate and take part. Design is challenging in that often, there are no clear boundaries and either/or answers. For designers, a chance to help shape a new paradigm is the highest reward. It is a great time to be alive and able to contribute to the creating of a more equitable world and the restoration of planet Earth.
Members of the Value Web come together in clusters around events to facilitate the results that matter to individuals, communities and the world at large.
These programmes can be transformational in nature, in which decisions lead to completely new ways of working. Or, programmes can be transactional, in which they range from bringing divergent groups into alignment on decisions, to facilitating future visioning of products, services and sectors.
A specific process to release Group Genius greatly condensing the time in which it takes a team to move from problem definition to solutions. Taking place over 3 consecutive days (or more), DesignShop processes are used to address complex, systemic conditions that require mass collaboration and a holistic approach to move quickly from ideas to action. All information generated is captured, organized and put into a form that enables action to continue over time.
The same fundamental architecture that frames a DesignShop process frames a DesignSession, adapted to fit into a one-day or half-day programme.
A brief DesignSession – less than a day in duration, used to articulate the questions to be addressed in a subsequent design process and one that is more narrowly focused.
Future visioning, conferences and learning sessions that focus on knowledge-sharing and new ways to connect. The Value Web designs the entire programme, from theme to logistics, as well as individual sessions often using a multi-sensory approach.
It is our fundamental conviction that the environment must fit the needs of the work, and that these needs are fluid, changing continuously as the work progresses through the creative process. Therefore, we create our own workspaces – Navigation Centres – as permanent spaces and as mobile environments deployable around the world.
These environments are informed and inspired by the philosophy of organic architecture while being technologically equipped to maximize learning through the use of multimedia, research, and real-time turn-around of working documents.
Flexible and modular, our environments allow for individual reflection, small team working, large group sharing and level-setting and ‘hive’ type activities with individuals and teams working in parallel to design the outcomes they require.