Traditionally, for-profit business and non-profit organizations have maintained a one-way arms-length relationship. For example, for-profit companies donate money to select non-profits to help fund worthy social causes. However, there is little reciprocation, in that the non-profit social programs and services make minimal impact on the corporations or their policies. This one-way, arms-length transaction tends to neutralize corporate responsibility and accountability to act as a positive force for social change and environmental sustainability.
Corporations typically give money to non-profits & charities, but seldom receive anything from them in turn - except tax write-offs and self-serving public relations (PR). As a result, corporations and businesses routinely develop products and services which are not sustainable, are destructive to the planet and its biosphere, are exploitative of their workforce, and driven by greed to create wealth for owner-shareholders. Not without severe consequence though, because many workers reclaim their time & energy, but not for their employers:
AGILE offers a systematic way of organizing sophisticated human-made ecosystems such as businesses, governments, non-profit organizations, NGO’s, communities, and other complex entities.
Utilizing the concepts of mathematics, engineering, physics, biology, and metaphysics, AGILE holistically integrates social, economic and environmental challenges through Sustainable Development leading to the progressive realization of collective efficacy, a healthy and vibrant biosphere, global prosperity, economic equity, and social justice.
“Gallup estimates disengaged employees cost US companies $450 billion to $550 billion in lost productivity annually.”
Impact governance and management: Fulfilling the promise of capitalism to achieve a shared and durability prosperity - July 2016
On the other extreme, non-profits working within local communities starve for financial resources. In too many cases, they are unable to sustain their missions and maximize the effectiveness of their critical programs due to a chronic lack of resources.
Science, religion, anthropology, and psychology are all in agreement that harmony and balance are the ideal states for an entity or organism to grow and prosper. The historic disharmonious divestiture of social values from the business of profit-making can be identified as the cause of the recent economic crisis and resulting escalating social unrest.
In the midst of this great upheaval and global societal chance, a powerful opportunity to heal the rift between financial profit-seeking and sustained social progress can be found.
There is an undeniable trend away from big business and large monolithic, multi-national corporations as prime movers of commerce and value creation. Historically, they have operated as impersonal, amoral legal entities who freely exploit human potential and limited environmental resources for the gain of a minority. We are now moving towards a highly diversified and inclusive global network of small businesses and worker cooperatives sustainably providing products and services to customers locally as well in foreign, distant markets.
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, protection, and preservation 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 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.