The term biomatrix describes the universal web of life, or “living” cosmos.
It consists of all the interacting systems in the physical and conceptual universe and includes all systems that we can perceive, measure, mentally construct and conceive.
Analogous to a fishing net, in which all knots and strings are connected with each other, all systems of the biomatrix are interconnected and form one interdependent whole.
It describes the interaction of different systems (e.g. species of humans, animals, plants and micro-organisms) with each other, their physical environment (e.g. light, soil, water and territory) and artefacts (e.g. technological systems). It also describes the sychological functioning and social interaction of the systems (e.g. thinking, feeling, sensing). All systems within this web contribute to each other and depend on each other (e.g. being food for each other, providing shelter, forming habitats and social units, as well as producing artefacts and ideas).
The term biomatrix is derived from the Greek bios (life) and matrix (pattern), and literally means pattern of life.
Biomatrix theory is concerned with describing generic organising principles and patterns of interaction of systems.
All systems are connected with each other and are interdependent. None can exist in isolation of the others.
relevance for the change manager
Many problems in nature and society are the result of systems acting in isolation, typically for their own benefit. Because of the interconnectedness of all systems, these self-centred actions create problems for other systems. Typical examples are the impact of human activities on natural systems, causing climate change, amongst others. Or, the cumulative self-serving actions of individual banks co-produce a domino effect of economic crisis in other organisations and even nations.
A shift in worldview to systems thinking is required. The negative impact of isolated actions would be avoided if social systems are redesigned with consideration for interdependence and mutual contributions between systems.