Holistic Decision Making
Decision-making in complex projects can often be somewhat ad hoc and often fails to include the voices of all stakeholders. The holistic decision-making approach used in the IRD framework creates a clear road-map for making complex decisions that produce regenerative outcomes while honoring the input of everyone affected.
The Holistic Decision-Making system used by IRD requires methods that do the following:
- Identifies the boundaries of the system under design, including the internal and external stakeholders, all other living systems affected, the resource base, and the inputs/outputs
- Defines the decision pathways and decision-making responsibilities
- Defines the implementation plan, including which parties will be responsible for which parts of the system design, implementation, operation, maintenance, and decommissioning.
- Defines the design and implementation schedule and lifecycle timeline
- Defines a system of risk identification and risk management
- Defines a method to isolate the root-cause issue behind problems
- Defines the testing questions that will be used to test major decisions
- Defines the means of monitoring and adjusting throughout the design, implementation, maintenance, and decommissioning processes