Socio-Technical Ecosystem Model v1.5


Socio-Technical Ecosystem Model (STEM) is one of the Spectral Thinking tools helping you to understand and plan the ecosystem of your interest, taking into account various aspects and roles. The ecological definition of the ecosystem inspired this model and thus it goes beyond the traditional approach of listing key players and products.

STEM breaks the ecosystem into six aspects:

  1. Ecosystem engineering core (material + information projections)

  2. Material Layer - Value creation & service chains

  3. Resource cycles

    1. Material resources cycles

    2. Human resources cycles

    3. Financial resources cycles

  4. Information Layer - Knowledge processing networks

  5. Knowledge channeling

    1. Feedback cycles

    2. Culture developments

    3. Rules of the game

  6. Information exchange markets

Each aspect has behind it specific actors and motivations and also conveys specific opportunities and risks for ecosystem development.

The model might be used for ecosystem exploration (e.g., studying competitor landscape), risks analysis, development foresight, and other goals. 🆕 Version 1.5:

  • Resource cycles are divided into Material and Human resources.

  • Investments and restrictions are reformulated as Financial resources.

  • All resources blocks in Material Layer might picture on|off policies (e.g., regulation).

  • Updated visual for Feedback cycles.

  • Expansion memes and entrance barriers are reformulated and split into Culture Developments and Rules of the Game.

  • Layers now have visual for ecosystem border.

  • Ecosystem core is updated to show that it is the same one core.


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Constantin Kichinsky
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We explore the future of humanity, develop the Spectral Thinking methodology, and create tools for explorers like us.
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