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Applied Systems Theory, Successful Real Estate Transactions, and William McDonough

As I read your BLOGS, it occurs to me that many of you chose to practice real estate because you can use a former career experience and background like me. , I'm a REALTOR ®  -business person-educator-author-poet-eco-savvy person-web fancier and etc, . . .I do use this far-ranging mix in my real estate practice every day.

There are probably a number of us here at Active Rain who are putting various backgrounds to good use. However, I may be an “odd duck” even in this crowd (I'm smiling) because my hobby is applied systems theory.

Systems theoryAccording to Wikipedia, systems theory is an "interdisciplinary/multiperspectual field of inquiry that studies the theoretical and actual properties of systems as a process by looking at it in terms of relationships from which emerge new properties of wholes."   Now here's what this means to me - I get to have a blast applying what I know of systems theory to the practice of real estate. Here, complex real-world systems help to explain the basic structure of optimal methods of regulating a behavior, either to maintain stability or to drive toward a desired goal (successful real estate transactions.)  

It has to do with navigating successfully from Point A to Point Z, such as  getting myself and my team to a 100% Successful Closing Event Track Record and HAPPY Referring Clients!

I quote one of my great heroes, William McDonough,   “… the  world-renowned architect and designer and winner of three U.S. Presidential awards: the Presidential Award for Sustainable Development (1996), the National Design Award (2004); and the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award (2003). Mr. McDonough is the founding principal of a design firm practicing ecologically, socially, and economically intelligent architecture and planning in the U.S. and abroad.

Says McDonough:

“I believe we can accomplish great and profitable things within a new conceptual framework—
one that values our legacy, honors diversity, and feeds ecosystems and societies . . .                                          
It is time for [us to design systems] that are creative,
 abundant, prosperous, and intelligent from the start."  

 

What I look for and have found when I read your material at Active Rain is that creative, intelligent star-sparked spirit. Please talk to me about your ideas for a new conceptual framework—one that values our legacy, honors diversity, and feeds ecosystems and societies.

 

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UPDATE: William McDonough recently was asked by Brad Pitt to work with him and his team to create Green-Built homes in a healthy community...Lower 9th Ward  in New Orleans...

Information on this project that is the "phoenix" of   Hurricane Katrina  check HERE

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janeAnne..you are always an inspiration
Posted by Anonymous over 11 years ago

Hi janeAnne:

I think this might be a difficult concept for alot of people because we have been culturized to only think inside the framework or system that we live in. The work of William McDonough is inspiring because he actually shows you that we really can design our world so that we honor and support our environment while having business be successful and profitable. Up to now both of these sides are always on opposite sides of the table from each other. Bringing them together to both help build a new system to live in is a wonderful concept!  

Posted by Bill Westel, ECO (Eco-Steward Realty) over 11 years ago
Bill...Thanks for your thoughtful comment. As you say..."we really can design our world so that we honor and support our environment while having business be successful and profitable...."McDonough bases his ground=-breaking model on the work of Thomas Berry who asks the intriguing questions of sustainavble practices and how they can be a profitable venture for all cooncerned and in ways not only profit-oriented, but for those takinginto accoutn natural and social capital. 
Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 11 years ago
I think businesses would be happy to focus on natural and social capital if it had at least a neutral effect on profits or a positive effect. Once a business realized that more profits could be generated by doing this the corporate world could actually work toward and help solve alot of our existing problems in a win/win sustainable way of all concerned, including all our non-human friends as well.
Posted by Bill Westel, ECO (Eco-Steward Realty) over 11 years ago
janeAnne   William McDonough's quote "It is time for [us to design systems] that are creative,
 abundant, prosperous, and intelligent from the start" is an interesting concept. I see it as a paradigm shift which is necessary to envision a world which operates very differently from the 'normal' perspective.
Posted by Sami Forrest (Eco-Steward Realty) over 11 years ago
Bill...I can see that we are on the "same page" as far as our interest in win-win-win situations.Good to know there are REALTORS who have that attidude.
Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 11 years ago
Sami...It is exciting to see such a shift happen. Eh? I saw it happen in Detroit when the partnership model was introduced into a company for which I was consulting.
Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 11 years ago

janeAnne  Thanks for providing reminders to those of us who have a tendency to forget the important things in our lives. I believe that the WIN/WIN shifts that Bill mentions can occur when enough of us are focused on the right priorities. A few years ago I read a book by paul hawken about how to shift capitalism in the direction of sustainability. Paul Hawken is an environmentalist, entrepreneur and journalist as well as an author. I need to pull that book out and review some of his ideas.

Posted by Sami Forrest (Eco-Steward Realty) over 11 years ago
Sami... Thanks for your thoughtful comment...you mention..."how to shift capitalism in the direction of sustainability..." I'd love to hear your thoughts when you retrieve Hawken's book from your book shelf. If you are like me, you have 10,000 books and from time to time need a librarian to help organize them :-)
Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 11 years ago

janeAnne I have so many books that I have left with friends on my travels since it is impractical to carry them all with me. However, til I locate it here is are a few words from Publishers Weekly about " The Ecology of Commerce". 

Publishers Weekly Hawken (The Ecology of Commerce) and Amory and Hunter Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute, an environmental think tank, have put together an ambitious, visionary monster of a book advocating "natural capitalism." The short answer to the logical question (What is natural capitalism?) is that it is a way of thinking that seeks to apply market principles to all sources of material value, most importantly natural resources. The authors have two related goals: first, to show the vast array of ecologically smart options available to businesses; second, to argue that it is possible for society and industry to adopt them. Hawken and the Lovinses acknowledge such barriers as the high initial costs of some techniques, lack of knowledge of alternatives, entrenched ways of thinking and other cultural factors.

Posted by Sami Forrest (Eco-Steward Realty) over 11 years ago

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