ZZ2 adheres to the open (living) system philosophy rather than a closed (mechanistic) system. The following comparison can be made:
Process repetitive, reversible
Based in the past
The key to efficiency is to create sensitivity amongst our subsystems. Sensitivity towards supra-systems outside is key to adaptability and survival. We use the Balanced Scorecard/Strategy Map concepts of Kaplan & Norton as a useful framework for strategic planning.
ZZ2’s aim, as an open system, is to create value for all our stakeholders. In the first place, naturally, through delivering quality agricultural produce to our customers – our primary supra-system.
But we also wish to provide value to other stakeholders (employees, surrounding communities, government, fellow farmers, market agents, suppliers and shareholders) in a sensitive and interactive way.
We wish to design and strategize our industry in such a way that we make ZZ2 as useful (value creating) and indispensable as possible for these greater human systems in which we operate, because that will create sustainable survival. Outside of human systems there lies the greater natural system of this living planet, and this is our chief stakeholder. All our interactions with people and nature are aimed at replacing antagonism with symbiosis. We believe that our deeply contemplated ethical code is also a rational recipe for sustainability in agriculture.
Watch this short video on ZZ2’s Open System approach: