Hi, I'm Fabrice Gagnant

Butterfly effects designer from France

I early adopted an extremely light life style that allowed me to travel the world for years with barely no money – walking, hitch hiking cars and boats, sleeping under the stars and sharing the life of people of all conditions.

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In parallel, I dedicated myself to my vocation. I spent the last nine years trying to catch, understand and describe the fractal dynamics moving all systems in the Universe and the ways they interact, with a special interest for humankind. I seized the deep dynamics moving our societies on the long run (systemic anthropology). I summed up my work in a minimalist book (2012) and in a text-algorithm (2017).

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Today, I accompany people who run private and public organizations to target their reason of being and answer their needs…

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BY DESIGNING SYSTEMIC LEVERS

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Oppositely to usual approaches, what I called a “systemic lever” is a sharp strategy that produces maximum impacts for minimum efforts. By identifying and acting around hotspots, systemic levers unlock huge transformation forces.

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systemic levers graph

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Systemic levers may be use in any case. Below are two concrete examples:

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1 ⸻ For selfish interests: Edward Bernays was the best spin doctor of his time. In the 1920′, a piano manufacturer came to him to boost his sales. To do so, Bernays did no advertising to break sales resistance, but convinced leading architects that the new trend was to add a music room to the houses they draw. Shortly after, the demand for pianos sky rocked in order to fill up this new space in the middle class American’s standards.

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2 ⸻ For the common good: Nearly a century later, another Edward triggered a systemic lever that went way beyond his expectations. By skillfully disclosing classified proofs that US intelligence was spying on a vast portion of humanity, Snowden partly changed how Internet works: from 2013 to 2019, the volume of encrypted digital communications rose from less than half to more than 80%.

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By ethics,  I refuse to work for the 1st category and only use levers for purposes serving true sustainability and meaningful successes.

Give me a lever and a fixed point,
and I will shake the Earth

Archimedes

BY REDUCING SUFFERINGS AND LOSSES

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Trying to grow sales to increase the organization’s profit results in more energy and resource consumption, more waste and more competition. Instead, I focus on reducing sufferings and losses, both inside and outside the organization. Doing so, brings sustainability, profitability, lightness, wellness and joy.

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BY FOCUSING ON SUSTAINABILITY

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I use the Initial Algorithm I wrote to scan the organization’s sustainability and to plan ahead.

 

BY INCREASING CONSCIOUSNESS

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Each organization evolve on a certain level of conscious, capped by the level of consciousness of its CEO. (Teal approach being the highest level identified so far.) Members occupying a lower position in the organizational chart but having a higher level of conscious than their hierarchy will remain held in their potentials and may suffer continuously. Confronted with this, systemic anthropology – by offering a global and deep understanding of our world – provides an amazing elevator of consciousness for CEOs that may liberate the latent potentials existing within their organizations.

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Challenges we face require deep adaptations from organizations that plan to survive (88% of F500 companies vanished since 1955). And adaptations require out-of-the-box minds.
However, most educational systems aim to shape implementers – not radical thinkers and even less wise individuals – turning conformism into the major criteria of graduation. As a result, in a recent report the École nationale d’administration of France was alarmed about the “stereotypical thinking” of their entrance candidates.
Again, systemic anthropology helps to step out conventional frameworks and to reconnect with solid basis.

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TWO FEET TO MOVE FORWARD

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I build my life and my work on two bases: theological knowledge and anthropological understanding. One spiritual, born in the grace of faith. One temporal, acquired by reason.
This posture invites us far beyond the simple strategic level – mainly woven with ruses, calculations and fears – to answer the demand of consistency and authenticity, with a self-giving horizon, for Love.

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circles

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METHODOLOGY AND SIMPLICITY

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Regarding practice, here is my applied methodology:

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methodology

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Many try to heal the symptoms of their hyperactivity by doing more, ending up as a hamster in a wheel. But true solutions often lay in removing the inessential. Therefore, the levers or patterns I design reflect this minimalist spirit.

Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex,the solutions remain embarrassingly simple

Bill Mollison

Beside work, I play Go, love long hikes and enrich my gardening skills.

I also launched the shared university LZ, run the W studio – an UX and digital enterprise – and volunteer on different ecological and social projects.

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Stop flitting around. Provoke butterfly effects that work: write@fabricegagnant.com

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FG

When
the flap
of a butterfly’s wings
set off
a tornado

Edward Lorenz

track record

Fields of Work

Systemic Anthropology
Invariants in Wild & Domestic Systems
Minimalism
Ecology
Waste Management
Food production
Preventive health
Demography & migration
Society prospective & collapsology
Shared governance & teal thinking
Creative disruption
Investment & Philanthropy
Education
Constitutional law
Tax system
Complementary currencies

AND MORE