Success is the result of a supportive environment and ecosystem and the individuals operating within. The individual operating within an environment and ecosystem is rewarded by their awareness, responsibility, response and reciprocity.

At the inception of life an infant requires safety, support and supply. These elements of survival remain constant throughout life. An unsafe, unsupported and unsupplied person can not survive. An under supported and under supplied person can not thrive.

Multiple, interconnected environments make up an ecosystem. Multiple ecosystems and their environments belong to one global ecosystem.

Awareness is the information and knowledge associated with one’s location within the environments and ecosystems they occupy and the cause and effect relationships between the stakeholders and beneficiaries within.

Stakeholders are those with power and resources. Beneficiaries are those who are dependent and interdependent upon the stakeholders sponsorship, support and supply.

Reciprocity is the ideal whereby mutual benefit spreads and scales throughout environments and ecosystems. This is the ideal exchange of recognition, resources and rewards between the stakeholders and beneficiaries.

Stakeholders sponsor, support and supply beneficiary participants. These beneficiary participants may then grow to become creators, contributors and stakeholders in an ecosystem.

I use environment to describe internal units of organization such as the family and small, specialized teams and groups gathered around specific and specialized objectives. For example, a class room may have attributes common to the school and ecosystem, but also unique and particular. Teams within a corporation may have common characteristics, but also unique and particular distinctions. In a team sport, teams are divided into specialized roles and responsibilities such as offense, defense and lineman and backs.

I use ecosystem to describe the larger structures of social, political and institutional systems. These systems are designed, formed and deliver support and resources by the stakeholders for the benefit of stakeholders, shareholders, constituents and participants.

An environment and ecosystem benefits whom the stakeholders determine they want to sponsor, support and supply for success. Identifying the primary, secondary and tertiary beneficiaries in an environment and ecosystem is awareness.

Environments are ideally more intimate and familiar. They have the ability to particularize and distribute supply. The ecosystem is more heterogeneous and most often supportive of the majority normative. This is due to the design of the ecosystem by the majority for the majority.

When major minority groups put pressure on the majority, then the majority decides how to respond. When major minority groups are resourced well enough, they may alter who is visible, who is supported, who thrives and who survives.

Subsystems exist for minority groups designed by minority groups for minority groups. Underrepresented minorities, therefore, are not the beneficiaries of either the majority, nor minority systems. Therefore, underrepresented minorities must form their own groups. Occasionally, an adaptive and resilient underrepresented minority is identified as a leader due to resilience, assimilation and adaptation. This is the potential for one to speak on behalf of and for the benefit of the whole ecosystem with less partiality.

In an ecosystem, the stakeholders decide who is included, who is excluded, who is invisible and who they wish to force out. Who gets to thrive, who must survive and who does not survive is determined by the stakeholders intentionally and incidentally. The stakeholders determine the boundaries. These boundaries are rooted in beliefs that lead to behaviors. These behaviors determine the outcomes for individuals, families and people groups.

Participants in an ecosystem gather and group based on common beliefs and behaviors and affinity and reciprocity.

Ecosystems identify, sponsor and support talent based on proximity, affinity and reciprocity. Therefore reciprocity in a tribal identity driven ecosystem is rooted in how the self interests of the stakeholders identify who is sponsored, supported and supplied and who is invisible, who is to be forced to survive, who can not survive and who can thrive.

Environments and ecosystems are generally either supportive, unsupportive, negligent or hostile.

The Development of individuals

A supportive environment develops skill, speed, strengths, stamina and strategy & systems that scale growth. I use sports to identify this phenomena. I also use the history of subcultures, social sciences, economics and geopolitical history.

A supportive ecosystem provides sponsorship, systems and strategy specific to beneficiaries. This grants and gives resources that scale success for the supported parties. The larger the scale of a beneficiary’s success, the more supportive and well supplied the beneficiary is within the ecosystem.

Supportive environment – The environment must provide a safe, sustainable, supportive and well supplied foundation.

Supportive ecosystem – The ecosystem either supports or denies the ability for supportive environments to be created and sustained. This includes recognition, rewards, resources, reciprocity and relationships. This includes sponsorship, support and supply.

Strengths – The strengths of an individual must be recognized, developed and integrated at the appropriate place within the environment and ecosystem in order for the individual and the environment and ecosystem to grow as strong and as successful as it possibly can.

Skills – The development of skills must be developed. Systems that identify and develop skills with speed for speed must be sustainable in order to scale.

Safety – The delivery of resources and exchange in relationships must be safe. Legal, social, psychological, spiritual, financial, political, medical and institutional safety are interrelated in success outcomes. A key component of safety is sustainability.

Stamina – Stamina must be developed. Systems that develop stamina must be developed and work in harmony with speed and skills.

Strategy – Strategic initiatives must be designed to harmonize the other phenomena within the environment and ecosystem.

Systems – Once systems are established and supportive of an individual or group, the potential for this to scale vertically and horizontally is established.

Scale – Scaled stakeholders scale the growth of sponsored and supported beneficiaries.

These are the keywords and concepts I use to explore other aspects of success. I also explore other aspects of success such as rivalry for resources, relationships and rewards.

Some key exceptions that skew cause and effect are the decentralization of knowledge and information. Other important characteristics are the heterogeneity, homogeneity and what we might call the heterogeneous harmony or alternatively, dissonance, of environments and ecosystems.

We may also establish that ideals and ideology can be myths and not reality. Reality, in this sense, is established by facts and figures, whereas myths are driven often by fear and misrepresented facts and figures.

Each environment is interconnected and interrelated to another. The ecosystem is a boundary that is defined locally, regionally, nationally and globally. The ecosystems have a relationship with one another.

An example model of an ecosystem and overlapping environments: