SOURCED GUIDING DESIGN PRINCIPLES
Why do you weep?
The source is within you
And this whole world is springing up from it.
The Sourced design is rooted in three core principles. The first two principles address the structure of the design, while the third applies to the interactions that take place within it. With that said, this design is like a fractal, with the smaller parts of it mirroring the whole. All three principles are occurring at once, both at the larger structural level, and at the micro-level in relationships within and between people, and within the internal structures and practices.
Here’s an example. Having a strong core identity as a learning community, and pathways for communication to flow between the learning community and the larger community, makes for a strong, interdependent and identified learning community and a richer community at large. At the same time, a curriculum within that learning community can strengthen the core identity of a single person, readying them to receive feedback, and therefore strengthening the relationships they have within themselves, and with their community. The principles of core identity formation and developing pathways for feedback through strong relationships can be applied to the design structure, the community, and/or to an individual person.
These principles guide a community in developing the structure needed to foster vitality within each person, the community, and with the Earth. The three guiding principles are as follows:
- A strong core identity allows something to strengthen through the feedback it receives.
- Feedback is constant and pathways for communication are essential for growth.
- Relationships are the bridge between the entity and the external world allowing feedback to flow between the two.
With a strong core identity, an entity can strengthen and adapt to the feedback it receives. From this strong center, and the flow of diverse information, interdependent and therefore healthy relationships are formed. Relationships hold this interchange between identity and feedback, leading to creativity, emergence, and healthy development.
With strong, interdependent relationships, so much is possible. At Springhouse, this design has brought forth a healthy and vibrant community of true belonging where individuals are committed to an ethic of care for each other and the planet.
QUESTIONS FOR DESIGNERS:
- Does your current learning environment have a vision, mission, and central values that the curriculum and cultural practices stem from? If so, what are they?
- How does your learning community, or the one you hope to create, create pathways to receive and give feedback; both within and outside of the learning community?
- How do you tend to relationships in your community? Are those relationships intergenerational? Does your learning community connect with the larger community it is embedded in?