AGILE ECOSYSTEM BASICS

AGILE Ecosystems Overview

Not to be confused with the popular Agile software and general problem solving rubric, AGILE is an acronym that stands for "Accelerated Global Innovation, Leadership and Entrepreneurship." AGILE Ecosystems Methodology is a powerful approach to systematically identify, deconstruct, analyze and develop holistic solutions to complex economic, social and environmental problems. The popular Agile (software) Methodology based on the SCRUM framework is also an effective methodology for approaching complex problems, but AGILE Ecosystems methodology goes one critical step further and provides a formal model to organize and implement solutions as sustainable ecosystems


The power of the AGILE Ecosystems Methodology is the ability to model human systems after robust ecosystems in nature systematically and mathematically. AGILE Methodology provides a new approach to integrating the objective, and subjective dimensions of any complex socio-economic ecosystem by aligning it with universal archetypes in nature. 


An “archetype” is a fixed pattern or form that can be used to model a specific set of behaviors or attributes. Archetypes are found everywhere in nature. AGILE is based on three Grand Archetypes: 1) Differentiation, 2) Integration and 3) Projection. These archetypes capture the underlying dynamics of mathematical processes in nature to provide scalable and repeatable templates for the design, development, and optimization of efficient human ecosystems. 

AGILE Ecosystems Methodology can be used to solve complex socio-economic problems.

AGILE Ecosystems Methodology can be used to solve complex socio-economic problems.

KEY agile ECOSYSTEM PRINCIPLES

What is an ECOSYSTEM?

An Ecosystem is a formal collection of Entities, organized into a Network of Precise Relationships leading to Survival & Growth.

What is an ASSET?

An ASSET is anything that has inherent value to the Ecosystem, but does not diminish with use. Assets can be animate OR inanimate.

What is a Resource?

A RESOURCE is anything that can be consumed by the Ecosystem Constituents or output to other Ecosystems including the Environment.

What is Context?

CONTEXT is the Environment and Application in which an Asset is valuable to the Ecosystem, its Asset Owners, Producers and Consumers.

What is Capital?

CAPITAL is an asset or integrated group of assets and resources that can be used to Generate Resources within a specific Context.

What is L.O.V.E.?

Lifting Others Validates Everyone (L.O.V.E.) provides a working definition of the Mindset and Force behind all successful ecosystems.

ECOSYSTEMS ARE GOVERNED BY THREE (3) GRAND ARCHETYPES

What is DIFFERENTIATION?

DIFFERENTIATION is the GRAND ARCHETYPE governing the Identity of individual Assets or Entities present within an Ecosystem.

What is INTEGRATION?

INTEGRATION is the Grand Archetype connecting the Identity of Assets in one Ecosystem to that of an Adjacent Ecosystem.

What is PROJECTION?

PROJECTION is the Grand Archetype that manifests the Integration of Assets from two Adjacent Ecosystems into a third Ecosystem.

SIX (6) Ecosystem PROCESS STAGES

CATALYSTS

Every Ecosystem is Originated by a Singular Event or "DIFFERENTIATION" that impacts one or more Asset Owners, and defines its Purpose.

MARKETING

Every Ecosystem includes a Marketing Stakeholder, who is a Sponsoring Ecosystem Stakeholder who Protects the Status Quo.

INNOVATION

Every Ecosystem includes an Innovation Stakeholder, who is a Sponsoring Ecosystem Stakeholder who Transcends the Status Quo.

CHANNELS

Every Ecosystem provides Translational Pathways for Integrated Marketing and Innovation Resource Outputs/Byproducts.

RESOURCES

Every Ecosystem Generates Holistic Outputs (and Byproducts) from the Integration of Marketing & Innovation Assets in Channels.

CAPITAL

Every Ecosystem Creates New Capital to Protect Resource Generation Capacity when it's Nutrient Source or Key Assets are unavailable/damaged.

ECOSYSTEM RESOURCES, BYPRODUCTS AND OUTPUTS

HOLISTIC OUTPUTS

Ecosystems generate three distinctive types of Integrated Outputs / Byproducts Sustainably: Economic, Social and Environmental (External).

ECONOMIC BYPRODUCT

The Economic Byproducts of any Ecosystem are the Economic Resources that can be used by its Producers, Asset Owners & External Consumers.

SOCIAL BYPRODUCT

The Social Byproduct of any Ecosystem is the Social Capital generated and shared by its Producers, Asset Owners & External Consumers.

ECONOMIC INVESTMENT OUTPUT

The Economic-Investment Output is the Economic Contribution to the sustainability of the adjacent, dependent ecosystem, home of an Ecosystem's Production Workforce.

SOCIAL CATALYST OUTPUT

The Social-Environmental Output is the Ecosystem's Social Capital Contribution to the adjacent, interdependent Sponsoring Ecosystem, home of its External Stakeholders.

INTERNAL RESOURCES

Internal Resources are created by the Ecosystem Producers by integrating their Assets with Ecosystem Stakeholder Assets for Ecosystem Operations & Sustainability.

Key AGILE Ecosystem Framework Progressions

TYPE I: Original Ecosystem Identification

The TYPE I Frameworks was used to identify the key archetypes, process elements, byproducts and outputs of an AGILE Ecosystem.

TYPE II: Ecosystem Process Analysis

The TYPE II Framework was used to analyze and explore the more detailed interactions of ecosystem elements and processes.

TYPE IV: Ecosystem Process Development

The TYPE IV Framework recognized and mapped the impact of the six stages of an ecosystem to track it's interim and completd States.

TYPE VII: Ecosystem Stakeholder Identification

It is easy to view an ecosystem in isolation, but any ecosystem beginswith identification of it's Stakeholders who are typically "unseen."

SAMPLE AGILE VENTURE FRAMEWORK

AGILE methodology incorporates a system of frameworks that organize the three archetypes into a specific pattern of relationships that collectively transform the environment of a given ecosystem. Thus, AGILE methodology can be used to support the growth, cultivation, preservation, and protection of natural and human ecosystems, to foster robust solutions to the world’s most challenging problems.


AGILE Methodology also facilitates understanding and interacting with natural ecosystems like the human metabolic system. However, understanding the interaction of the archetypes and the frameworks enables one to create compelling human ecosystems that holistically integrate human needs with the abundance, resilience, and diversity of nature. With AGILE, we can capture the wisdom of nature to create more robust human-made ecosystems such as socio-economic and value creation and exchange systems (i.e., businesses). 

AGILE Supports Technological Innovation and Social Innovation

AGILE Ecosystems Methodology provides a systematic approach to identifying opportunities and holistic solutions for Social Innovation. Social Innovation is the process of mapping and understanding the "status quo" of any social environment, and then developing Social, or "Innovation Assets" that can systematically, and sustainably transcend the status quo to realize transformational change in any Ecosystem.