This simple diagram presents a client or designer with the intrinsic qualities and material quantities that are integrated into a specific design solution. At the center is a measure of a final product in human, environmental and economic performance.
The Ecological Learning Curve
For years as a Professor and consultant to schools at levels from pre-school through high school, I imagined in my mind a picture of how all the elements of learning at different ages could be represented in a diagram that integrated learning levels with place, pattern, and process and also spatial scales of natural and humanly created systems. The Ecological Learning Curve is that diagram.
The learning age levels is represented vertically from bottom to top. The type of learning is represented by the circles of Place, Pattern, Process. Place at the bottom recognizes that young children learn best no through abstraction but by direct experience of Place. As their minds and brains grow, they begin to learn patterns, and later, the processes that shape our world.
The scale of systems – natural and invented – is represented horizontally from the largest on the left to the smallest on the right. The center line represents a “home base” of scales closest to us in size, with the left bar moving to large scales, the right side to smaller scales.
The Consciousness Structure Diagram
The Consciousness Structure Diagram is my attempt to synthesize information from diverse sources into a map of the various stages of human history on the planet and relate them to the essential and changing nature of Place, Pattern, and Process.
Through each stage of civilization. I identify five stages of human development form the first humans to today’s civilization dominated by a separation from nature and self through technology, homogenization of cultures and oligarchy, with hope for a transformation into a new Integral Consciousness that restructures our race towards extinction.