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Let’s build a better future together!

As our civilization advances, 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 we have acquired over the millennia and combine it with art and science as sources of inspiration to design, guide, and regenerate viable, resilient, and healthy socio-technical and socio-ecological systems following the first principles below:

On divergence and innovation:

  1. Use contextual methods and technology.
  2. Delegate authority and distribute decision rights.
  3. Start small, explore the edges, and value the marginal.
  4. Decentralize value creation and integrate value chains.
  5. Disintermediate information and synthesize common knowledge.

On interdependence and stewardship:

  1. Build safety in and provide opportunities for all.
  2. Be humble and invite people to voluntarily cooperate.
  3. Apply self-regulation and respond positively to feedback.
  4. Develop human intelligence and human sensor networks.
  5. Protect privacy and foster interactions through open protocols.

On convergence and coherence:

  1. Focus on high situational awareness.
  2. Protect and restore natural and cultural heritage.
  3. Draft explicit agreements around collective intents.
  4. Create sustainable infrastructure and aim for zero waste.
  5. Value, use, and store local renewable resources and energy.

On self-integration and evolution:

  1. Work with nature and nurture all life.
  2. Increase optionality, redundancy, and diversity.
  3. Scale decomposition, recombination, and above all, trust.
  4. Generate a yield through reciprocal relationships over time.
  5. 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 for socio-technical and socio-ecological systems to co-evolve and align with how all living systems thrive and can act as a compass, that is, an orientation device to which we can refer to while navigating the increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous world we live in today.

  • Friday, September 13, 2019 (version 1.0)
  • Friday, December 13, 2019 (version 2.0)


  • André Ribeiro (Co-author)
  • Jorge Alexandre (Contributor)
  • Maria Magalhães (Contributor)
  • Nuno Gomes (Author & Steward)
  • Vítor Pinheiro (Co-author)


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


  • Please refer to this page.

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