Summary: Distributed causality factors in time and (space) distance. What you do today may affect someone in another country years from now. It’s hard to draw the line of causality in simple terms but to some relative degree, your action ‘A’ causes effect ‘Z’ over time and distance.
Beyond real-time cause and effect
In a completely interconnected system operating with multiple layers and cycles of causality event ‘A’ may be “caused” by any event A-Z to one relative degree or another.
Distributed Causality and Sustainability
This is complex causality. It broadens our way of understanding relationships between things and variables.
Distributed causality broadens responsibility. What you do today will affect more people than you think. How you behave may affect your mind, your body, those around you, those who know you, those who don’t know you and perhaps even those who are not even born yet.
Distributed causality may help us think more holistically. It may help our concept of sustainability.
Keyword: Daniel Montano, Dan Montano, user experience design, information architect