Design Thinking

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What is the heart?

A delicate muscle made of just as equally delicate fibers composing the tissue (actual muscle)? Or is it a controlling organ that, in spite of buildup (toxicity), continues to push through and work anyway?

I don’t know.

The Heart The heart isn’t actually a pump but rather, an organ of perception.

According to what it senses about the blood the heart produces an array of hormones that communicates with other parts of the body. Rather than pumping blood through the body the heart receives it, listens to it and then sends it back out again.

This listening role of the heart provides a different view on the function of banks in the economy.

Dynamic Non Equilibrium In nature everything is in a state of dynamic non-equalibrium, meaning, a state of motion, or changing conditions and evolving so that life can endure and regenerate.

Deriving from nature we can see that the economy works the same way: Just as nature functions in a perpetual state of dynamic non-equilibruim so to does the economy; neither in a perpetual state of stillness or growth (feast/ famine/ bubble/ burst) but rather, in a state of flux and flow.

So why when it comes to banking are the mechanics of the heart so important?

Because it’s impossible for a 300 gram organ to pump a viscous fluid through 60,000 miles of blood vessels that branch and cross-link the cells of organs and body parts, with the addition of a twisting function to maintain the blood’s spiraling motion. (Why when talking about the heart we refer to it as the circulatory system.)

Which brings the question: If embryonic circulation begins before a functioning a heart is even present, possessing its own endogenous momentum sustained by its relationship to the entire circulatory system and indeed the entire body, why do we not have full reserve interest free banking built to scale? If our economy has it’s own cyclical or circulatory system, why not build our own market-driven solution to scale?

Heart Doodle “Doodle Heart Clipart.” Karen Cookie Jar. Web. 06 Apr. 2014.

The Heart Eisenstein, Charles. “Sacred Economics: Chapter 12, Negative-Interest Economics.”Sacred Economics Charles Eisenstein. EVOLVER EDITIONS, North Atlantic Books., n.d. Web. 06 Apr. 2014.

Dynamic non-equalibrium Baumeister, Dayna, Rose Tocke, Jamie Dwyer, Sherry Ritter, and Janine M. Benyus. Biomimicry Resource Handbook: A Seed Bank of Best Practices. Biomimicry 3.8, Biomimicry Institute, n.d. Print.

Benyus, Janine M. Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. New York: Morrow, 1997. Print.



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