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Use contextual methods and technology.
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HiveFlex Compass

As our civilization evolves we will be more and more pressured to connect our ingenuity and creativity to our deepest human needs, the natural world and the planet to which we all belong.

To meet these challenges, it is imperative that we leverage the collective wisdom that we have harnessed over the millennia and combine it with art and science as sources of inspiration to design and guide today’s and tomorrow’s organizations and societies, following the first principles below:

On divergence and innovation:

  1. Use contextual methods and technology.
  2. Delegate authority and distribute decision rights.
  3. Decentralize value creation and integrate value chains.
  4. Disintermediate information and synthesize knowledge.

On interdependence and stewardship:

  1. Develop people and human-scale networks.
  2. Protect privacy and facilitate social interactions.
  3. Make people safe and provide opportunities for all.
  4. Be humble and invite people to voluntarily cooperate.

On convergence and purpose:

  1. Respect cultural heritage.
  2. Focus on high situational awareness.
  3. Draft explicit agreements around collective intents.
  4. Create sustainable infrastructure and aim for zero waste.

On self-integration and evolution:

  1. Nurture all life and nature.
  2. Increase optionality, redundancy, and diversity.
  3. Scale modularity, aggregation, and above all, trust.
  4. Design for constant evolution and continuous sustained flow.

The stated principles have the potential to shape the way people think and behave, making it possible to align organizations and societies with how all living systems thrive and can act as a compass, an orientation device to which we can refer to while navigating an increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous world.


Friday, September 13, 2019.

Creators and Authors:

  • Jorge Alexandre Gomes
  • Nuno Rafael Gomes
  • Vitor Pinheiro


Copyright and License:

©2019 IOSAE. Some rights reserved as this work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License (CC BY-SA 4.0).

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The HiveFlex Compass is an original work influenced by and built on top of key contributions from several other authors throughout their lives, namely:

  • Wardley Maps – Simon Wardley.
  • Thrivability – Michelle Holliday et al.
  • Promise Theory – Mark Burgess et al.
  • Anthrocomplexity – Dave Snowden et al.
  • Cities, scaling, and sustainability – Geoffrey West et al.
  • Intelligent Urbanism – Christopher Charles Benninger et al.
  • Agile & DevOps Thinking – Agile Manifesto’s Authors, DevOps Movement’s Pioneers, et al.
  • Lean Thinking – W. Edwards Deming, Taiichi Ohno, Shigeo Shingo, Masaaki Imai, John Shook, James Womack, Mike Rother, David J. Anderson, et al.



  • September 13, 2019 – Original version.


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