Care Design 2016

The Human Body Metaphor

Living systems are not about control, but have a focus on flexible infrastructure. They are not about plans, but are understanding of dynamics and flow. 

If we compare an organisation to a human body, a self-organising organism where the strengths comes from our muscles whose are flexible and agile (not rigid and controlled), a heart pumping oxygen through the body, the organs who form equal but diverse partners who work interdependently and collaboratively in achieving a healthy functioning body (no organ can function without the input from another), and to achieve good mental health we need connection to others. 

We need to humanise organisations with love and compassion, but the uncertainty is allowing fear and paranoia to creep into the organisational system. If we want healthy organisations, we need to learn to embrace uncertainty and work with it.

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