Synergetics & Social Dynamic

Social Synergetics™ is the application of the science of Synergetics – whole systems thinking – to organizations and relationships.

It is a structure for solving any and all problems and doing more with less, a framework in which any content can work better, with less expenditure of resources.

SOCIAL = the interaction between people + SYNERGETICS = the study of systems

Put the two together and you have "the study of the systems of interaction" – how we relate to others one-on-one, in groups, on teams and in organizations.

Fullers Influence

The principles of Synergetics were developed over 50 years of study by the brilliant scientist, inventor, architect, engineer, mathematician, poet and cosmologist R. Buckminster Fuller. Fuller coined the term "Synergetics" to refer to the geometrical study of whole systems – how they operate, how they maintain stability even in times of chaos and how they can produce synergy and synergistic results.

Synergetics is applicable to architecture, education, geometry, and science. The discipline of Synergetics allows one to approach complex human problems with fresh insight and to develop dynamic systems that support of individuals, teams and organizations.

What Is Synergy?

Fuller describes 'synergy' as "the behavior of whole systems unpredicted by behaviors of any of their components... taken separately from the whole." He explains synergy as the consideration of "spatial complexity and as such is an inherently comprehensive discipline... a new way of approaching and solving problems."

In lay terms, synergy refers to the working together of two (or more) things to produce an effect greater than the sum of their individual effect – in effect, doing more with less.

Synergy & Social Dynamics

As it relates to social dynamics and organizational structure, Social Synergetics™ is the consideration of how patterns inherent in nature, in combination with  the geometry of environmental forces, impact how humans act alone and interact with othres.

In thousands of lectures, Fuller urged his audiences to study synergetics, saying, "I am confident that humanity's survival depends on all of our willingness to comprehend ... the way nature works" and how it affects our human experience."

Amy Edmonson, a leading expert in the work of Dr. Fuller, says: "Experience with synergetics encourages a new way of approaching and solving problems. Its emphasis on visual and spatial phenomena combined with Fuller's holistic approach fosters the kind of lateral thinking which so often leads to creative breakthroughs."

The Evolution of Social Synergetics™

In the initial development of Social Synergetics™, Fuller's principles were applied to education and substance abuse treatment programs developed for the criminal justice system – producing results dramatically better than anything reported by any other correctional or treatment program in the US.

From this initial "lateral thinking" the concepts were expanded and the synergistic results continued. Over 30 years of application and integration has provided consistent positive results beyond corrections into business and social services.

A Foundation for Clear Thinking

Social Synergetics™ provides a solid scientific foundation for intuitive connections made among many traditional models of thinking.

It provides a context for understanding and generating relationships in which individuals communicate clearly, operate with respect and take responsibility for themselves and their results. Social Synergetics™ principles are relevant and applicable to all levels relationships: intimate, family, community, collegial, associative, business, etc.

The discipline of Social Synergetics™ allows one to approach complex human problems with fresh insight and to develop dynamic systems that support all human beings. Research confirms that even those people formerly mired in defeat, and "destined" to spend their lives in prison and/or poverty learn skills that have resulted in measurable success in their own lives and, as a result, in the lives of their children.

The Science Behind Social Synergetics™

In his writings and lectures, Fuller said repeatedly that the "minimum in Universe is two".  What this means is that nothing exists outside of its relationship with something else. In Synergetics, this concept is expressed as a "system" – a system being defined as anything where there is an inside and outside, a "me-and-you", or anything that, by definition, is differentiated from something else.
Fuller explains that the minimum "system" in Universe is the tetrahedron, a four-faced triangular shape, with six connecting vectors. It is the smallest mathematical structure comprising an "inside" and an "outside", thereby making it the minimum, and most stable, system that exists. If any one of the six vectors is removed, the tetrahedron (the tetrahedral system) collapses.
Both Fuller's Synergetics and Social Synergetics™, are mapped on the tetrahedron, creating a theoretical model that offers maximum stability.

Linking Science, Math & Social Dynamic

This is the first time that scientific principles and mathematics have been linked to social dynamics. The model offers a framework based on the physical laws of Universe, the same laws that govern change and evolution of all aspects of existence on this planet.

Bucky said, "You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete."

In the Social Synergetics™ model, we have done just this. Individuals are guided through an understanding and practical application of what is essential for them, their family, group, team or organization to be stable, even in the midst of accelerating change and chaos.

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