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Our Social Process Model

What image can help us engage fully the whirling complexity of social interconnectedness that shapes our lives?
Click picture to interactively explore the Social Process Triangles (Jon Jenkins)

Did You Know?

The social dynamic of humanness is a process which describes the relationships between human beings and their environment.  Economic commonality is dealing with sustaining the life of the total community, without which there is no political and no cultural development.  Political commonality is that which organizes power and defends the economic and cultural dimensions of life.  Cultural commonality injects rationality and intentionality into economic and political commonality.  The social dynamic is the process of constantly forging commonness whereby man shapes the social forms and structures to care for human life.  The Dynamical Relations of the Social Process.  1971.  p. 1.

Primary Resource:

The Social Process Triangles compiled by Jon C. and Maureen R. Jenkins provide a succinct and animated description of how human society operates.

“Upon this gifted age, in its dark hour,
Rains from the sky a meteoric shower
Of facts . . . they lie unquestioned, uncombined
Wisdom enough to leech us of our ill
Is daily spun, but there exists no loom
To weave it into fabric.”


Edna St. Vincent Millay, from “Upon This Age That Never Speaks Its Mind,” Collected Sonnets (New York: Harper Perennial, 1988), 140.

Dig deeper . . .

Dr. Clancy Mann used the Social Process triangles extensively in the graduate school classes he taught in global business.  His  “Introduction to Social Process Analysis.” explains their use as an analytic tool

The Institute used the Social Process Triangles a lot —

  • To ensure comprehensiveness and consistency in its own internal research and planning (to a page on the turn)
  • in training courses (Lens, SMS)
  • as an interpretive screen in organizational and local community planning (TM, Lens, LENS, org triangles)

And Now . . .

How can I use the Social Process Triangles for . . .


  • A comprehensive framework for a case study, presentation or report
  • Assisting elementary school students to see the richness of their social environment.
  • Managing Risk in global expansion — market and social profiles

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More explanation of the Social Process Triangles themselves

What is an “Interpretive Screen”?  link


How were the Social Process Triangles built?