possible approach to use is based on seven dimensions or aspects of any
situation, object or system. All of these elements are interactive and
interdependent. The order is abitrary but based on convenience and for ease of
- Environment. This represents the history, current background, the
space occupied. In the planning process this would represent a Status Analysis. Follow the
this link to apply these elements to the current state of your life or the
- Motivation. This is its purpose for existence, the energy that
fuels it. In a person it is the configuration of her or his drive to live
and succeed. It represents the anatomy of desire. This would also include
the planning process because of it importance in formulating and motivating
- Body. This represents the physical anatomy of the system, its
components. It also talks about the boundary of identity and how it is
defined. For groups of people we would talk about who the members are, the
rituals - like tests, prerequisites and/or paperwork - for joining. In the
planning process this would be an evaluation the resources available and the
people and systems that will use them. in a corporation it the directors and
- Actions. This represents the actions of systems, people etc.
It is about
relationships with the outside and outsiders who are closest to you - other people, objects and
systems. In a corporation it
is the production and sales processes. It is the employees. In an
individual, it represents their lovers and enemies, those close enough to be
- Communication. Where the above is about actions this is about
interaction. It is about your friends and families, those who can
understand you grunts. In corporations it is your customers.
- Meaning. This is the wider affect on the cultural, market and
ecological or physical environment. It is the relationships with
government and nation. It is our relationship with language and thought. It
is the predictable outcomes.
- Unpredictable. This represents the unknown and the unpredictable.
Those twists and turns which come out of the blue. There is a dimension of
each of the above which is unknowable and so leads to unpredictable results
and then there are the random changes of the fates which multiples things.
This last is fundamental because we, as individuals, and in groups (like
corporations) we must find an emotional and physical centre which allows us to be
ready for those moments when the unforeseen maybe dangerous.