Part I – Tools for Design Science Thinking – Troposphere


Learn how to think like nature and design a world that meets the needs of 100% of life.

The “Troposphere” Space Camp of BFI was launched in January of 2020. This on-demand course brings you the inspiring and insightful words of our four presenters, including videos, exercises, resources, and downloadable MP3 files of all four talks.

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  • Videos
  • Exercises
  • Resources
  • MP3 Files

The “Troposphere” Space Camp of BFI was launched in January of 2020. This on-demand course brings you the inspiring and insightful words of our four presenters.

Module 1: Design Science with Medard Gabel

Design Science is a methodology for recognizing, defining, and solving complex problems. It is inspired by the work of Buckminster Fuller and other planners, scientists, and visionaries. It takes a whole systems, global, and anticipatory approach that fosters creative collaboration and synergy in the development of comprehensive solutions to societal problems.



Module 2: Traditional Ecological Knowledge with Sachem HawkStorm

Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) describes indigenous and other forms of traditional knowledge regarding the regeneration of local resources. As a field of study in anthropology, TEK refers to “a cumulative body of knowledge, belief, and practice, evolving by accumulation of TEK and handed down through generations through traditional songs, stories and beliefs. It is concerned with the relationship of living beings (including human) with their traditional groups and with their environment.”



Module 3: Complex Systems Science with Shanee Stopnitzky

A defining feature of complex systems is their ability to encode, store, process, and employ functional information. This feature encompasses the elementary gradient sensing capabilities of single cells, through to the large-scale perceptual and decision-making abilities of large populations of neurons. Complex intelligent systems are fundamentally collective, distributed, error-prone, and hybrid.



Module 4: Regenerative Culture Design with Daniel Christian Wahl

How can we collaborate in the creation of diverse regenerative cultures adapted to the unique biocultural conditions of place? How can we create conditions conducive to life? Regenerative Culture explores ways in which we can reframe and understand the crises that we currently face and explores how we can live our way into the future. Moving from patterns of thinking and believing to our practice of education, design and community living, it systematically shows how we can stop chasing the mirage of certainty and control in a complex and unpredictable world.