The Cycle Pattern represents the circuit of phases involved in the relational interchange processes that characterise the operation of a system. It is one aspect of the more foundational Pattern, Exchange. Cycle illustrates the rhythmic, repeated sequence of actions that form an iterative circuit in trade flows. The duration and activity level of the phases needs to be balanced to ensure free flowing exchanges. The role of Cycle is to provide a sequence of repeated phases in any process.
The principle of cyclic exchanges: the enduring health of any system depends on the balance and integration of the phases in the iterative circuit of any exchange process, for a given context.