The Language of Creativity Podcast

Designing The Future – Stephen Bau (Social Architect) Ep. 18, Pt.2

May 19, 2021


New fields such as Biomimicry offer amazing insight into the way nature solves the most complex problems with stunning simplicity, allowing scientists to create amazing “advancements” in human technology. What is clear is how little we really know about everything. In part one, Stephen Bau begins to speak about The Holobiont: the emergent, living system of all nested systems. In part 2, we explore our complex social systems and how seemingly all attempts at utopia have been prone to fail. How might we create a more peaceful society and correct humanity’s voracious tendency toward self-destruction?

Bau founded the Builders Collective to inspire others to design a more resilient society. The Builders Collective uses human-centered design to create engaging experiences through art, design, and social change. Then in 2020, Stephen joined the Design Science Studio, an educational incubator tied to the Buckminster Fuller Institute aimed at making the world work for not just all humans but for 100% of all life on Earth.

Stephen and Steve discuss the ways in which we as humans inevitably design the world around us, the ethics of design, rethinking our economic and political systems, and reimagining education. They also discuss Buckminster Fuller’s concept of “Metaphysical Gravity,” and Stephen’s reimagining of it, seamlessly blending concepts of biological, personal, social, economic, political, and ecological scale into a “network of flows” that create mental models for human experience.

“In this way, we can explore the metaphysical model of ideas and values (philosophical, spiritual, mathematical, technological) embodied by the mental models for human experience and how personal habits have implications at the biological, personal, social, economic, political, and ecological scales by mapping these changes to the collective organization and coordination of human actions.”

How might we conceive of our place in the universe as part of a process of cultural evolution, social physics, and metaphysical design? If we’re the ones designing the world, can we use a better model of reality as the foundation for a set of values and aspirations to build a world that works for 100% of life?


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Episode References:

Yuval Noah Harari: global ethics

Builder’s Collective

Bauhaus redefining Society

What is education: do schools kill creativity? (Sir Ken Robinson)

The Social Dilemma 

Mike Monteiro: ethics of design

Marty Neumeier: what is design?

Brain stem advertising

Donut economics

United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals

The Seventh Generation principle

My Octopus Teacher

Metaphysical Gravity

Tags: agile methodology, workflow, adaptation, collective intelligence, holistic, holobiont, cultural relevance, Bauhaus, capitalism, economic system, neoliberalism, new world Bauhaus, Weimar Republic, democracy of design, ethics, core values, scarcity, systemic racism, Rob Bell, Christianity, faith, Spiral Dynamics, feedback loop, new world order, empathy, persona, consciousness, circular economy, value, connection, metaphysical gravity, social utopia 

Language of Creativity’s host Steven Leavitt enjoys discussing the ins and outs of all aspects of creating, creativity, and life with his fellow creators, artists, inventors, designers, and producers. Along the way he gains perspective and multiplies his understanding of our universal potential for creating, living, and learning.



Episode Music:


”Nothing Wrong” by Lobate Scarp

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