Beyond Maslow’s Pyramid of (Individual) Needs

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keyword: Dan Montano, user experience design, information architect
(I’m re-blogging this post to make it easier for people to find it).

[NOTE: My apologies, the image being discussed below is currently missing. It was a diagram of concentric circles.]

This diagram tries to show cycles of attention, from the individual to the macro-systems in which the individual exists.

Dynamic Center (focus)
This diagram is a suggestion and it may be drawn differently in societies that are group-centered rather than individual-centered. The same idea applies to those groups that are family-centered or couple-centered. An individual and a society may hold changing “centers” across time. The center may be dynamic and may change, frequently depending on many factors and variables.

While there may be many changing centers the most stable are the high-level goals of the macro-system. These may be: the survival and healthy development of our ecosystems and humanity. This may point us back to the need for the re-alignment of our man-designed systems with ecological interests and social causes that promote the development of human potential while in alignment with the best interests of our planet.

Innovations that help us meet the goals of Maslow’s pyramid are important but they can be magnified in value when we integrate them with the value contained at each level of the macro-systems.

How does your product, service or system deliver value across each of these levels?

Related in this blog:

How Social Systems Evolve >>

Triple Bottom Line >>

Millenials – 78 million strong – demand social innovation >>

Ethical framework for Humane Systems Design (v.1.0) >>

“Sociocybernetics how social systems mature”>>

Related Elsewhere:
Abraham Maslow (Wikipedia) >>

Sustainability – (Wikipedia) >>

Wikipedia:“cultural dissonance”>>

TED Conference (Majora Carter) – (Videos) >>

TED Conference (Al Gore) – (Videos) >>

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