The Nature of the living world is that it is systemic – it consists of systems within systems within systems. Living systems operate in accord with simple rules and principles. Feedback loops between all entities provide a dynamic equilibrium. Decision-making is distributed throughout the system, which functions as a dynamic, living whole. Each whole is more that the sum of its parts because each whole has a pattern. Each part is in turn a whole with its own integrity and its own unique patterns. Thus the age of simple centralisation is obsolete. Moreover simple decentralisation is also obsolete because it ignores the fact that in Nature the parts are nested in larger wholes and each negotiates with others in the best interest of the whole.