The Holon Pattern signifies the fundamental and defining structural duality between parts and their assembly into wholes. It is one aspect of the more foundational Pattern, Structure. Holon demonstrates the role any system plays as a part of larger systems and the role it plays as a whole system in its own right composed of parts, which are in turn systems in their own right. A focus on partness must be balanced with a focus on the wholeness of any system. The role of Holon is to provide the defining structural relationship of systems.
The principle of the part and the whole: the enduring health of any system depends on the balance and integration of a system’s role as a part and its identity as a whole.