The Input/Output Pattern signifies a dualism in systemic structuring. It is one aspect of the more foundational First Order Pattern, Polarity. Input/Output demonstrates the relationship and interplay between the resources a system needs to function and the wastes it must emit to remain healthy. The inputs to a system must be balanced with other systems’ capacity to supply them as their outputs, and a system’s outputs must be balanced with the ability of other systems to take them as their inputs. The role of Input/Output is to process resources.
The principle of waste resources: the enduring health of any system depends on the appropriate balance and integration of the input of resources with the output of wastes, for a given context.