The Flows/Stores Pattern represents the dualistic form of exchangeable resources. It is one aspect of the more foundational Pattern, Polarity. Flows/Stores demonstrates the relationship and the interplay between moving resources in the process of exchange and accumulated reservoirs that may be liberated to augment flows. The amounts in stores must be balanced against the amount and reliability of flows. The role of Flows/Stores is to ensure the uninterrupted capacity for energetic and material exchanges.
The principle of augmented flows: the enduring health of any system depends on the appropriate balance and integration of the amount of resources in flow with the amount of resources held in stocks, for a given context.