This section contains a definition of transformational practices from a systems point of view. Going forward, it will discuss and analyze practices from the vantage point of how they contribute to increased robustness and resiliency.
A technical way of describing what I mean by “transformational practices” uses language from systems theory: practices that increase the robustness and integration of a complex system.
According to the venerable Wikipedia’s entry under Robustness (evolution), Robustness of a biological system (i.e. biological robustness ) is the persistence of a certain characteristic or trait in a system under perturbations or conditions of uncertainty.
Vulnerability would be the opposite of robustness and would relate to the loss of organization under stress.
Several discussions on this website are pertinent:
- Framing autism as a Regulatory Disorder relates to this because problems with regulation may be related to loss of robustness.
- Increasing Total Load may lead to the degradation of robustness.
- With increased Total Load and more fragile regulation, we may see the emergence of autistic behaviors.
Practices that make components of a system more RESILIENT can be transformational because a more robust and integrated complex system can have more options for nuanced, differentiated response to novelty and challenge.
Here are some initial links to websites promoting transformational and regenerative practices: