Flow Surges




The Pulse Pattern signifies  the repeated rhythmic surges of activity related to resource flows and exchanges. Pulse is one aspect of the more foundational First Order Pattern, Rhythm. Pulse demonstrates the increase, peak and decline in the rate of resource recovery and exchanges within systems. The capacity to maximize the rate of growth of flow exchanges needs to be balanced with minimizing the adaption required after the peak when decline sets in. The role of Pulse is to maximize exchange flows sustainably.


The principle of peaks: the enduring health of any system depends on the appropriate balance and integration of the rate of increase in resource flows and exchanges pre-peak and the rate of decline in those flows and exchanges after the peak, for a given context.


Nature: Organisms and Ecosystems

Foraging gorilla groups do not overexploit food plants in one area. They enter a new area and consume food species at an increasing rate as they find the most concentrated pockets. As the pulse of food into the group starts to peak, it is a signal to start looking for a new area before the remaining food plants are reduced to the point where they cannot support effective re-growth. This management regime helps ensure that there are enough food plants left to sustain   production of new plants, which may then be exploited at a later date.

Inquiry: What might happen if the gorilla group does not reach the peak of supply before it leaves the area?

Culture: Organisations and Economic Systems

Recovery of key industrial resource deposits, like oil, iron ore and phosphorus are known to go through a growth, peak and decline pattern over time. First, there is growth in supply as production ramps up to take advantage of concentrated, easy to process material; then production peaks as material becomes more disbursed and harder to get; finally, production declines until it stops at the point where the resource cannot be exchanged for enough money to pay for its extraction and processing. Sustaining supplies of industrial resources for exchange within the economy relies on managing resource pulses such that they do not decline too rapidly before alternative supplies may be brought online.

Inquiry: What are the economic consequences of extremely rapid growth in the recovery of critical industrial resources?