Origin of RDS:
A Cybernetic Response to Community Crisis
by Matt Taylor
Note: The following article provides context as to where the
RDS idea came from. Since the early 1990's, MG Taylor and Affiliates
have developed new capacities based upon the RDS model, including
the RDS Response process described on this page.
crisis hits a segment of our society, we have many mechanisms
in place to respond to it. What is unfortunate, however, is
that these are incremental, parts-focused, and tend to fix rather
process and tool kit is not provided that facilitates a large
social system, such as a town or region, to move significantly
beyond the conditions and intrinsic model that has just been
so clearly proven to be vulnerable by the crisis. Too often,
people just build back the same design-strategy - only "stronger."
idea of the RDS is to deploy a capacity to facilitate a far
better design process than happens in the political vacuum that
is too often the afterbirth of a crisis. To provide a neutral,
creative place where a community can deal with crisis and recreate
itself. To do this without any upfront costs or obligations
on the part of the community and then incorporate the community
as part of a ValueWeb system going forward that returns
the favor in an appropriate way, at the the appropriate time
- a gift economy. Increasing returns.
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site executive level consultation using the MG Taylor process
on specific, highly-leverage strategic issues.
RDS technology to
your location, a team of MG Taylor knowledge workers engage with
your team to address high level, complex, time-bound projects
and initiatives of the organization.
intensive interactions, from one to five days in length, reduce
by an order of magnitude the time it takes to achieve resolution
and raise by an order of magnitude the level of systemic thought,
innovation and fitness of the solution.
Response is ideally suited for issues that demand a bold move
in a fresh direction, for launching startups, or guiding an enterprise
through turbulent times and market shifts.
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