Welcome to Living Systems Institute



We are part of a living system.


That system is a pattern of interactions that involves everything we know.


This pattern of interactions supplies us with everything we need to live.  Like a cell in our own bodies we cannot live without it.  So long as human beings continue to interact with the system without understanding that we need the system to be healthy, it continues to run down and we are more vulnerable.  Humans can also interact with the system in ways that build it up again.  It takes learning to influence more participation by more individuals of the many species.  Every one of us has the power to exercise our influence in that way.


That is what we do at the Living Systems Institute.


We are pleased to share what we have learned so that you can build a healthy pattern of interactions where you live.  We have only scratched the surface with what we have been able to do so far.  There is so much more we would like to do.  If you can help us financially we promise to use your help to learn as much as we can as fast as we can.  Just click on the donate button to the left or contact David Braden to find out about opportunities to participate in our projects.



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

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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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Living in Place

February 4th, 2015

The place that I live is short grass prairie. A place is the sum of the sun, wind, rain,  rock, and the plants and creatures that live there. Each part interacts with the other parts to make each place unique – but we classify them – and my place is classified short grass prairie.

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  • David Braden IV, Executive Director, Living Systems Institute
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