Jessie Lydia HenshawHDS systems design science · Pattern Design Research
Jessie Lydia Henshaw
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I use scientific methods for recognizing useful working design-patterns in natural systems, like growth turning from feed-back to feed-forward. Now using "Transformation Recognition," Action Research," "Pattern Language," and "Object-Oriented Science" methods. It's essential to understand the design patterns of the natural systems we work with, a necessary material for our work on earth we've been neglecting. Research Journal "Reading Nature's Signals" -http://synapse9.com/signals
September 2012 - April 2014
Pvt. Clients & NGO Organizations
- Senior Researcher
January 1990 - November 2015
- Research Director
January 1990 - November 2015
- Research Director
A more objective method for measuring the energy needs of businesses, System Energy Assessment (SEA), identifies the natural boundaries of businesses as self-managing net-energy systems, of controlled and self-managing parts. The method is demonstrated using a model Wind Farm case study, and applied to defining a true physical measure of its energy...
Pattern language can be used to describe transformative ways of resolving disparate forces in complex contexts, making more explicit the ancient practices of architectural design for creating new forms with living quality. Discussed here are ways to use pattern language for learning from recurrent design patterns of nature. Common patterns of natur...
New analytic methods show that the step change in size that accompanied the species change from the plankton G. pleisotumida to G. tumida 5.5 Myr ago was produced by a transient flowing process that accelerated and decelerated. The evolutionary mechanisms needed to explain that could also explain the general pattern of gaps in the fossil record. Ma...
Postulating that there are energy using processes that occur for only finite periods of time, and so would have a "time of beginning" and "time of ending", the need to satisfy the conservation of energy in those beginnings and endings would impose complex requirements for the kind of process able to do that. Among those are that the time of beginni...
Like all natural systems, great societies and their cultures emerge by a growth process from their environments, developing, organized, and behaving as wholes with their internal designs linked with their external worlds. So the general patterns of how growth produces both successful and failing new designs for new systems can be a great teacher of...
We often associate compound growth with the Anthropocene and our overwhelming economic impacts on the Earth. Today our actual choices for future society appear to lie with studying the class of emergent natural systems that first develop by compound growth, called 'new lives' here, or "natural complex adaptive systems" (NCAS). The key to their succ...
The direct connection between world economic growth and climate change is greatly clarified. Recently discovered long-term growth constants in atmospheric CO2 show coupling between economic events and long-term maximization of economic growth. Curve fitting based on the near-linear relation between atmospheric CO2 PPM and the greenhouse warming eff...
Organized human and natural systems generally develop by an observable process of growth, with a beginning, middle, and end. Examples range from the growth of organisms, cultures, and ecologies to that of businesses, social movements, weather systems, even personal and social relationships, and many more. Close observation reveals the growth of org...
See the "Vita" and "Blurb" for introduction. Review copies available on request. ISBN 978-613-8-83895-1 I'd love to have anyone interested the science and practice of natural processes of design to have a look and tell me what they think. Just leave me a message.
A common use of systems thinking (ST) is for guiding our practices of systems making (SM). One style of ST for SM centers on making designs with deterministic rules, as in the hard sciences, for guiding engineered applications. Another style mimics natural development, with a process by stepwise learning and improvisation to produce evolving design...
Pattern language is built around designs for providing services, expressed as “patterns” intended to identify a “simplifying ideal” for solving a recurrent problem, ab organizational solution with significant “emergent properties”. This paper discusses ways of learning from naturally occurring designs with those properties, to increase the “living...
We live in a complex world, made more complex for us by the difficulty of distinguishing between our cultural expectations for how things work and the physical systems we interact with. The environmental systems of nature and the economy are often hard to recognize and constantly change, having behaviors independent of what people think about them....
Derivative continuity is a distributed invariant relationship between parts of flowing shapes. The original techniques presented here were developed for making the behavioral dynamics of complex processes more recognizable, but are equally applicable to assisting in the recognition of shapes in images. Regularizing a sequence using a constraint of...
The evolutionary transition from planktonic foraminifera G. pleisotumida to G. tumida provides an unusually detailed picture of a single speciation event. The transition is marked by an overall tripling in size over 2 Myr and directly appears to follow trends that accelerate and decelerate. Using a new mathematical test of internal symmetry adapted...
I found a remarkable under-count in the economic method for measuring the energy demands of business, and published a correction in a recent paper (1). The standard method implies that virtually all businesses have far below world average intensity, for energy consumed per $GDP. What fixed that problem was counting all the implied energy demand of the services that businesses directly paid for to operate, but with no reported energy demand.
The underlying source of the blind spot is that the self-managing services that businesses employ don't report or otherwise expose how they work. So businesses appear to be physically outsourcing energy uses when buying independent services that report no energy use. The only way to determine how much, was to consider money as a physical measure of purchased energy use. That was shown to be at least far more accurate when treating it as having "average" rather than "zero" energy intensity.
The question also opens up great new issues about everything else hidden from observers, about the working processes of the complex self-managing (& self-organizing) systems of the economy and nature we rely on. They all hide from view most of how they work, within their own internal organization. Some small progress on that broader question has been accumulating(3), but it needs attention from other views.
The recent paper (1) is in a special issue on EROI (2) recently released by Sustainability, and an overview of my questions and links to the subject are on my blog (3)