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Pattern: Local relationship loops

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Part of a 5-fold Pattern Language.
Subsequently published in Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential (1986)

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To ensure the adaptive interactions difficult with general or global relationships, local relationships should be arranged in loops, such that the loops do not facilitate relationships between more distant points.

Physical Local roads should be laid out in the form of loops such as to provide access to houses but not to offer any advantages to through traffic seeking a short-cut.

Social Communication pathways between groups with closely related concerns should be based on circuits structured to facilitate low-key interaction amongst those groups but to offer no advantages to external communications seeking to use them to establish more efficient relationships between distant groups.

Conceptual Closely related specialized conceptual domains should be interlinked by self-reinforcing cycles of interaction which are of little significance as a means of establishing more general patterns of relationship between more distant domains.

Psychic Closely related patterns of perceptions should be interlinked within a specialized mode of awareness by cycles of self-reinforcement which are of little significance as a means of integrating more general modes of awareness.

Broader Identifiable context; Cluster of frameworks; Local interrelationship domains; Informal context for formal processes; Compensating relationships in parallel.

Narrower Protection of emerging foci; Special modes of relationship; Three-way relationship entrainment; Hierachy of perspectives favouring the broadest; Limitation on number of occupiable temporary sites; Linear relationships enhanced by non-linear processes; Harmoniously structured entry point for external communication media; Interfacing vehicles of communication and networks of unmediated relationships.

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