EVS: Emergent Value Systems

Emergent Value Systems (EVS) describes how people assemble similar mental constructs, called value systems or worldviews, given similar existential problems and how movement occurs from one value system to another as these problems persist and new ones arise.  EVS divides this progression into cycles, each of which contain a communal and individualistic worldview.  These cycles stack on top of each other in a spiral of increasing complexity: each worldview and each cycle requires value systems of higher complexity to solve the proceeding problems, but creates or discovers new problems of greater complexity.

ssd_sphere_230Each cycle is built on three meta-values that express the Source, Spin, and Drive types of motion in both resident value systems:

  • Source: Both worldviews in the cycle believe this value feeds all work that intends to solve the core problem.
  • Spin: The worldviews believe this value must underlie all work that supports the system in order to prevent collapse back into a lower cycle.
  • Drive: The worldviews believe this value will ultimately solve the core problem and lead to a better life.

The two value systems in each cycle share an Intention that attempts to solve the Source, Spin, and Drive defects of the last cycle ("solving for" in the charts above).  These two worldviews also share a core Strategy that is seen as root of surviving and thriving. 

Where the two resident worldviews differ is in approach.  Since value systems emerge as aggregates of individuals who have faced similar existential problems congeal, the first value system to gain dominance in the cycle always operates in the Communal Mode.  Over time, people will notice defects in the first worldview and doubt will begin to build.  A completing worldview operating in the Individualistic Mode will emerge.  As the meta-values in the cycle are translated into formal social and cultural elements and mastery develops within individuals of power structures and symbols, this second worldview will move into domainance (though it usually co-exists with the first).

In most cases, over-emphasis on the Source value (the Fallicy) in the cycle leads to under-performance or wobble in the Spin value and under-realization of the Drive value.  This will create the Source-Spin-Drive defects of the Consequence.  As experience of the Consequence builds, so will doubt in the foundational beliefs of the cycle, beginning a period of cataclysmic upheaval where a new cycle and it's corresponding value systems are born.