I said in the last post that this next post would start sharing an example of permaculture design in the CDUFDDAYG (concept design up front then detailed design emerges as you go) mode.
As it turns out, this post constitutes a slight deviation1 from that plan. Here’s why:
In starting that post I quickly realised there was an important omission in the below diagram that was important enough to need its own post to rectify.
I invite you (yes – YOU! YOU RIGHT THERE!) to consider this diagram and think on what forth category might be missing – what I consider one of the most culturally dominant approaches to creating stuff (alongside CDDUF). Here is a little blank thinking space for you…
[STOP & insert your thinking here]
[scroll down when you’re done…]
Okay so what I realised is missing is the very common pattern in which you start implementing haphazardly where only chaos, mistakes and dead ends emerge as you go. Further, I realised that this omission could create great confusion in that this chaos mode, which reliably fails to create meaningful order, would be confused with CDDAYG, where the point is that the process is conducted in such a fashion that meaningful order does emerge, and major mistakes and backtracks are successfully avoided (as I’ll explore and even demonstrate in due course).
Anyways, whilst I continue taking my sweet time in preparing what was originally for this post, I’d love your feedback on this latest iteration of the diagram:
Note that this fourth category differs from the first three in that all three of them, it might be said, involve some kind of intentional design approach, however premature (CDDUF), or, conversely, seat-of-the-pants (CDDAYG). RIGNCD, on the other hand, involves no or at most very superficial or tokenistic attention to any kind of design process at all. Hence the dashed line demarcating the new category from the prior three. Here we are pretty much leaving the domain of design altogether to run around in circles digging holes faster than we can fill them in again (when we belatedly find out they were in the wrong place).
I don’t know about you, but I immediately find this addition helpful in making sense of creation processes used in modern culture. For example, much modern apartment development is a combination of mistake-ridden CDDUF (up front image-driven architectural master planning) within each project and effectively RIGNCD across projects. Hyper-imposed, premature and ultimately dysfunctional order in the small, yet random, haphazard, and ultimately equally dysfunctional dis-order in the large.
And so on. Anyway this is a quick draft so please share your thoughts and let’s make it better together. Oh yes, I’d also love to hear if anyone has example suggestions for the spaces I’ve put question marks.
Update (April 24, 2017)
Further to the above, based on the wonderfully helpful comments from James, Bret, Mark, Milton, Alexander and Jason,2 here is a revised version of the above diagram with quite a few new layers to it (see below or get as PDF here). I only have a moment right now, so am simply sharing the new diagram without explanation, and will add some explanation within a week or so (as well as responding to each comment individually – hopefully it is clear that every single comment has had an influence). Yet I and trust/hope it is fairly self-explanatory?
Meantime let me share my gratitude for your comments. It excites me to be getting to a place with this project where folk from around the world are feeding into ideas that are unfolding in realtime and where even I don’t know exactly what will happen next. This is also the first time that reader comments (including face-to-face discussions about this with Mark and James) have fed back into the post they were about rather than only feeding forward into future posts. Feels like a healthy step to me.