It has been fashionable to “hang” any network of relationships with the ecosystem tag; it has become the de jour or trendy label to suggest this indicates it is complicated and highly valuable. Well, in all honesty, most ecosystem “tags” are only an extension of building out a more significant community than the one previously, looking to deal with increasing complexity.
Ecosystems fascinate me; they do have a significant opportunity to change what is existing for something new. The need is to balance the healthy interactions and the conditions for that environment to flourish. Of course, many people might argue, “so what is wrong with what we have got?” Often I can’t disagree with this view, we do replace what works seemingly well because of our need to leave our own “footprint” in the world.
In Business we have “stolen” this ecosystem concept from its original meaning: “An ecosystem is a geographic area where plants, animals, and other organisms, as well as weather and landscape, work together to form a bubble of life.”
In business terms, we have taken this into these larger communities that interact through their network connections; they are dynamic or aim to be better than the previous structure. The more inputs and relationships, the higher the diversity and possibilities to generate something different, more valuable and newer to keep our insatiable growth going and more than often, in search of competitive difference, extending the view of creative destruction or is that destructive creation?
In business, the quest is for growth, for building out solutions that gain advantage and utilize discoveries, techniques or technology benefits to make the increasing connection and realization into better outcomes that customers relate too is getting more complicated, we are turning to the theory of ecosystems to help organize this.
The key for any ecosystem is to be healthy, and ensure all within it can thrive and evolve. So after my ‘potted definition’ this brings me to a significant amount of my recent work, studies, research and thinking, all about the current Energy Transition the world is undertaking to radically change to reduce the effects of global warming, through the greenhouse effects and the rising levels of carbonization. Continue reading