ASP is governed by the single idea that we are all part of nature. Our observations of nature give us a four simple core principles:
i) Energy – Nature is governed by energy flows. Noticing the ebb and flow of people, ideas and activities keeps our expectations grounded.
ii) Feedback – Nature produces patterns which reproduce. The cultural pattern we seek to nourish promotes collaborative, constructive, supportive and inquiring behaviours.
iii) Diversity – Nature is rich in differences. The more difference life presents to us, the greater our opportunities to learn.
iv) All life is related – Ubuntu is an African term represented in ASP by the phrase ‘I am, because you are, because we are‘. Living things are inter-connected, and life is more than human.
Here are a couple of good practitioners views on Ubuntu.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu – “Ubuntu speaks particularly about the fact that you can’t exist as a human being in isolation. It speaks about our interconnectedness. You can’t be human all by yourself, and when you have this quality – Ubuntu – you are known for your generosity.” (Wikipedia link).
Nelson Mandela elaborates…