OST states that people, their organisations and communities act as open systems. Therefore, when they conduct their business, they influence and change their external environments, social as well as physical, while at the same time being influenced by external changes from local and global environments. This is known as socio-ecological change.
The external social environment is currently characterised by dramatic shifts in values and expectations which means that people are constantly changing their minds about the decisions they will make:
- about the products and services they’ll buy and how they’ll buy them
- about the organisations they’ll work for and be committed to
- about the communities they want to live in
- Quickly identify embryonic changes and opportunities in the external environment and if necessary, adjust strategic plans accordingly;
- Actively influence the environment for a sustainable future; and
- Are designed to promptly adapt and respond to make the most of their opportunities or to deal with threats
These unprecedented shifts in values and expectations and resultant changes in people’s decisions are producing extraordinary turbulence and uncertainty. And these same value-based decisions that people are making today are affecting the physical planet and will eventually affect its future.
Failing to understand and manage socio-ecological change has serious implications for the well being of people, the sustainability of organisations and communities, and ultimately the health of our planet.
AMERIN has the OST tools and concepts to help clients and partners thoroughly understand the relationships between people, organisations and communities and their relevant external environments. This understanding produces profound benefits. They range from the development of active adaptive strategic plans for a sustainable future to organisational structures that can adapt and respond quickly when plans have to change from threats or opportunities in the environment.
Active adaptive organisations and communities know they can’t operate as closed systems and ignore what’s happening in the world around them. They are open systems that:
By applying OST processes and concepts we are able to help clients and partners develop their own sustainable futures in highly turbulent and unpredictable environments.
We do this by offering a range of OST products and services. Please see Our Portfolio page for more information about our products and services.