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Agile: a well-established set of practices that optimize feedback loops between customers and providers. Originated for software development, Agile has moved out of IT and is employed in many fields to enable change and now used in Change Management practices. 

Ancestral Smarts: the collective intelligence that arises when a small group commits to something they can achieve only together - as was required of humans for hundreds of thousands of generations. Our brains were made for it.

BrainMoves™: short, simple physical movements and experiences that we use to intentionally invite and extend neuroplasticity, preparing our physiology to welcome change and continue learning.

Business Agility: the ability of an organization to respond effectively to shifting requirements, learning quickly to re-think, design and measure.

Business Anthropology: the study of commerce as a human artifact and the cultures of business as a specialized form of sociality.

Co-generating: what is produced when living beings interact, intentionally or not. The term ‘value exchanging’ is sometimes used synonymously.  

Collective Care: how mammals cooperate; e.g raising their young to maturity in community. Our brains evolved to focus on interacting with others. Many other living creatures do not care for their young or have so much of their physiology oriented to relationships and social realities.

Collective Intelligence: see Ancestral Smarts

Collective Reflection/Discovery: a guided group practice in which participants’ various experiences and interpretations are welcomed and dignified.   

Community: a group of living beings cooperating around a deeply held value. Trees communicate to stay alive, as we do. Living things evolve in community. Community is the biological unit of vitality.

Conversational Intelligence™: originated by Judith E. Glaser, amplifies "the hardwired ability in all humans to connect, engage and navigate with others." With foundations in neuroscience, anthropology, linguistics, and systems theory, the C-IQ framework provides multiple learnable methods for elevating conversations and enriching relating, at work and beyond.

Cultural Biology: the recognition that human-made culture is part of the environment in which human beings live. Culture evolved to organize the way we ‘make a living’ to serve our unique mammalian biology.

Dignity Looping: a set of six practices proven to elevate shared wellbeing.

Dojo: a space dedicated to practice, originated in Japanese Martial Arts. We use the term to apply to our Guided action-learning practice sessions. 

Domain of Action: any endeavor in which effectiveness is observed, e.g. flying a plane, basketball, cooking…

Ecosystem: recurring interactions among living beings and their environment. The term comes from biology: based in living systems’ propensity to stay alive.

Ecosystem Intelligence: the ability to observe the recurring interactions – energy exchanges - among living beings and their environments.

EcoTeam: a group of nine that we recruit from a shared ecosystem, guided in the Intensive to reflect and measure collective wellbeing – tracking against current quarterly indicators.

Emotional Intelligence: being aware of emotions in self and others; able to understand, express, and regulate well.

Exchanging: the interactions between us and those around us and our environments as we go about our lives and work. These interactions are the energy exchanges that comprise our relationships, ecosystems, communities and organizations.

Guide: a qualified facilitator who is trained to employ ecosystemiQ practices and pillars. 

Interpersonal Neurobiology: a 21st century discipline that views humans as interacting and interconnected systems of physiologies, relationships, and minds.

Matristic: human societies organized around the care of the collective, such as many mammals. A few human societies currently organize this way.

Shared Vitality Metric: ecosystemiQ’s collective leading indicator that tracks wellbeing in a community or organization.

Social Safety: our brains’ extreme sensitivity about belonging. We mammals long to know who has our back and where we can contribute: essentials for wellbeing. Requires considerable intention in the modern world.

Somatic: awareness of our individual bodies. For example, BrainMovesTM are somatic exercises: each of us attending to our own movement and sensation.

Trio: a dedicated group of three people who reflect together in guided exercises. A Trio is the minimal context for collective smarts.

Value Exchange: a commerce-based way of referring to interactions between people.