Growth – Cancer or “True” Growth – What’s the Difference

Is one of our problems today that when we talk of Growth – we get Cancer – a type of growth that feeds on the host rather than allows the host to grow?

Here Stuart shows us the difference and how to set up the pathway for “True” Growth. He sets us up to see that the ideal conditions for True Growth is a balance of values – that an over focus on one value leads to the Cancer type.

It is the environment that affects the kind of growth we have. For most things that means an optimal physical environment. But for humans it means an optimal Cultural environment.

Let’s see the difference.

An acorn, in its ideal environment, will grow into not only a tree but over time into a huge forest that offers a home for a huge ecosystem. Inside this system is a vast network of intangibles and unseen connections. As the system grows it get more complex and the intangibles interact in ever more complex ways. As a real growth happens, the “effort” is less and less and the ROI gets higher.

But we as humans tend to think that we can ignore the environment and use force and physical leverage to get nature to work harder for us. For a while this works but then it fails.

So in farming we strip out nearly element and add ever more outside energy. There is a huge early return but over time the ROI goes down. Finally there is collapse. We choose not to work with nature and so make our work hard and in the end futile.

In organizations the model is the same as it is for farming and in the end so are the results. We tend to try and use force and physical leverage to get results.

This leads to a type of Cancer Growth that destroys the host. This POV is a values construct. It is not because we are stupid or evil. We have been captured by a meme of dominance and of “Winning” – the word “Win” will mean more to you as we reveal more of the patterns that make up culture.

If we can see the natural model for growth as a starting point, then we can then move onto seeing how we can make it easier to use this better way. This will imply a balance between the 3 main sets of values that make up the system of human values.

In the next video we will introduce you to the whole picture/map.


Our work – Find the map

In this video we will look more deeply at the Mapping Process

There is no greater predictor of how a person or an organization will turn out over time is culture or the aggregation of values.

So if we can see what is a healthy culture versus what we have we can do a gap analysis.

All in nature has a pattern. So if we can see what the pattern is for the intangible – culture – we can see where we are and where we are going.

With a map we have a starting point – Galileo and Pasteur gave us a fantastic starting point for a map for values and culture.

So if we can find this “map” we will have a good chance. Here in the next video is the starting point for a Map.

Here we look at “Seeing” the New Map and its power. Such as Galileo saw how the heavens really worked. Pasteur saw how germs worked.

So Stuart has “seen” that it is the Intangibles that drive what happens to people.

That there is a pattern to them that like the heavens or germs can allow us to make predictive thoughts and assumptions.

The Starting Point is our culture – so what are the parts and connections in culture that will help us.

This is a Copernican POV – we put the intangibles first not the tangibles.

Stuart introduces the idea that within human culture there are only 3 main “parts” just as DNA has only 4 and most complex systems have only 3 rules.

So the system has a “simple” starting point. The complexity comes from the many interactions.

Just as color only has 3 primary colors – but an infinite number of colors and shades that are derived from these three.

We will soon talk about these three and will start with Nurturing

Values are not chosen by you – they are you. Lining up to your real values is how you become most effective and grow in a healthy way.

The Intangibles are not soft – they drive everything

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Many of us know that we are in trouble, the economy, the environment, social justice are all going the wrong way. But they are frustrated that others not only don’t seem to see this but continue to work hard to make the trouble worse.

So the response is to think that these people are bad or worse evil. The response of many in business and politics is to think that those who “care” are unrealistic nuts. Worse, there is another third, small group of  people who can see beyond the problems and see solutions. But no one wants to listen. So they think that the other two groups are stupid.

The result is that we seem stuck. Those who know we have to take better care of each other and of the planet are frustrated and angry. Those who know we have to make a living feel blamed. Those who know the way feel ignored.

Can we find a way though this?

Yes I think we can. If we can see that this impasse is a consequence of our human culture. It is not about good versus evil but because we don’t have a lens to “see” how human culture is made as a system. It’s just like it was very hard to navigate before Galileo’s helio-centric view of the heavens was generally accepted. It was impossible to cope with infectious disease before Pasteur’s view of germs was accepted.

It’s all about “Seeing” the rules of the system. Once you can do that, you can act upon it with some confidence.

This blog is here to help us explore the system of human culture and to see its rules. You will be shocked at how simple the system is. Like all natural systems, it has few parts and few rules. But as in all natural systems, these can combine to offer infinite complexity. So my promise to you is that the initial insight is exceptionally easy to “get”. Not only will you understand it easily, but you will be able to use the ideas immediately to make sense of what confronts you.

Here is a link to a short summary of what we will be talking about in the 9 videos

Central to any new insight like this, is a person who has “seen” the new. In our case this person is my friend, Stuart Baker who has been working on this insight now for more than a decade.

We have recorded a series of 9 short videos that will take you through his discovery. What you will find by the end is that you will be able to “see” how our culture works or not. What the ideal would be. How to diagnose problems in hours. How to see what might have to be done to improve things.

Here he opens with what may seem like heresy – that it is the intangibles that shape the tangibles. Just a gravity, an unseen force, shapes the universe, so culture shapes human society and our impact on the planet. This arena of intangibles is our human culture.

It is our culture that enables us to adapt to changing environments or not. Our use of fire and clothes and tools took us from the world of all other species that had to rely on their bodies adaptation.

When confronted with a challenge, the key is to find a response that can be accepted by our culture. When organizing, the best organizations line up along their ideal culture or sets of values.

When we fail to adapt, the failing is a block caused by problems in our culture. When organizations fail, they too have evolved along a cultural path that is not ideal.

This may seem like heresy because we think that it is our actions or our reason that have priority. Many think that if they only do the right things with their kids, that they will be well nurtured and have the best chance – not true. Many hope that if they could only offer the facts, the other would agree. But as anyone who has been in a conflict of ideas knows, you will never argue your way to success.

But if you understand gravity and its rules, understand bacteria and their rules, understand culture and its rules then you can do a lot. That is why we call this the Power Up Project – if you have the map, you can know where you are and where is best to go – this is power. You have a lot more control back in an uncertain world.

Welcome to a new way of being and seeing. I will be posting a new video every 2 days.