Welcome to Living Systems Institute


"Our task is to heal nature, end poverty and abate climate change"

David Braden

Our living system is built up from individual interactions - it will be transformed by individuals changing the way they interact.

To be a change agent improving our habitat you will need these skills:


- - scientist/mystic/entrepreneur - -


- - activist/wizard/jedi knight - -


- - generalist/translator/practitioner - -


  • If we choose based on our individual needs . . . which nothing is possible unless those needs are met . . . we choose to know as much as we can (scientist), in wonder at the system's awesome complexity (mystic), and effectively use that understanding to accomplish our goals (entrepreneur).

  • If we choose based on the needs of the groups to which we belong . . . which is how it is possible for individuals to meet their needs . . . we choose to place our groups in the best light (activist), and help them make use of the best technologies (wizard), and defend them against threats (jedi knight).

  • If we choose based on the needs of our habitat . . . and the potential of individuals and that of their groups is constrained by the health of the “system” as it operates within their locality . . . we choose as broad a knowledge as possible (generalist), in order to coordinate among the specialists (translator), and build health into our habitat (practitioner).



to begin your journey as an Agent of Habitat


or learn about one of our projects:

Bee Safe Neighborhoods - Deep Mulch Gardening System - Educational Programs - High Plains Plant Propagation Cooperative - Integrated Closed Loop Production Systems - JUUST Living

Experienced users can find what they are looking for in the



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A Garden for our Great Grandchildren

May 19th, 2017


The Key is to Cycle Nutrients


Here is the question. Do you want your great grandchildren to be living in a biological desert?

That is the direction we are heading. Or, do you want your great grandchildren to be living in a

beautiful garden?  That may be easier than you think.

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The Fable of Community, Market and Charity

January 14th, 2016

Community, Market and Charity are siblings.

For millions of years community worked slowly developing a pattern in which everyone contributed and everyone had a home. Starting with single cells . . . trying this species then another . . . always building fertility into itself . . . making room for more and more species.

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The Dance of Creation: Four Aspects of the Foundation of Existence

April 27th, 2015

Many people I know look around and see objects. I see a dance. Others see trees and houses and people and cars. I see a dance of sun and soil and water becoming plants. We dance into existence plants and animals and people and all manner of other things. All the things we know are danced into existence by the species participating in the dance.

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  • David Braden IV, Executive Director, Living Systems Institute
  • (303) 549-9787

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