You interact to have experiences and to get results. That is why you do what you do. The agreements you consciously choose or unconsciously accept define how you interact. Those agreements are based on embedded, interwoven assumptions.
Our experiences, outcomes, agreements, and assumptions form an “agreements field.” A field is the environment in which individuals or groups interact. This concept is widely applied in physics, and less so in the social sciences. By an agreements field, I suggest that in looking at our experiences, outcomes, agreements, and assumptions, we are describing one entity, from multiple perspectives–one field where we can perceive the outcomes and the experience of people interacting based on conscious or unconscious agreements founded on underlying assumptions. One field. One agreements field.
To describe the different perspectives within the agreements field, to map the social topography of agreements fields, we have developed and globally tested a set of mapping tools.
- Experience. The Vibrancy Survey maps the experience people have in their interactions, as described through their five primary relationships.
- Outcomes. The measures of impact resilience map the outcomes a group achieves and the resilience of those outcomes, based on the total value potential available, the total value realized, and the costs of scarcity.
- Agreements. The Agreements Evidence Map describes the evidence found to substantiate the level of agreements in an agreements field, as seen through the four lenses of economics, politics, culture, and sociology.
- Assumptions. The Strategic Clarity systems analysis maps the underlying strategic systemic factors influencing the ability of a set of agreements to achieve the desired outcomes and experience.
Together these four mapping tools describe four key perspectives of an agreements field.
Our work at the Institute for Strategic Clarity now focuses on further developing and applying agreements field mapping to map the global social topography of human agreements, through the Global Initiative to Map Ecosynomic Deviance and Impact Resilience (MEDIR). With our colleagues around the world, we are beginning to see that the social topography of human agreements is as varied as our earths’s geological topography. Peaks and valleys in many forms. Treasures abound. Things we have never imagined around every corner. The flatearthers of human agreements are missing out–there is a lot of treasure out there, ready for all of us to discover, marvel at, and learn from. It only takes the quest(ion) to find it. If you are interested in contributing to this global initiative, please contact us.