Communities and individuals
can be enabled in two ways: Path 1, they can be provided “aid”
and “resource support” from the outside; Path
2, they can be given the capacity to design their own solutions.
Illumine's design refers to Path 2.
In the first method, “aid” and “resources”
can be used to solve immediate challenges and crises, both
in terms of sudden disruptions and a breakdown of the sustainability
dynamic in the community.
In path 2, the conditions for long-term growth, evolution,
and human fulfillment are put into place (which also includes
greater capacity to withstand sudden shocks and also leverage
periods of prosperity into a stronger and more fulfilled group
of stakeholders in the community).
Capacity creation in the context of “design collectives”
poses a completely new set of challenges. These include:
- The challenge of enabling each individual
to be flexible, open, and responsive.
- The challenge of ensuring “solution
success” in a high proportion of situations.
- The challenge of designing just-in-time capacity
Illumine has developed new “enablement
frame” based capacity platforms, that allow “design
capacity” to be built steadily over time.