Recently I took 'Ecosystems', one of the main learning modules of my 100-Day Plan with Mark Hollander, and it really blew my socks off.
My understanding from Mark (Hey Mark, feel free to correct me if I'm messing up) is ecosystems for human beings are the social structures we work, live and play in on a daily basis. One example of an ecosystem would be a family reunion. It is its own, self-contained social structure. But everyone there is also part of myriad social structures outside of the reunion. Take the school principal present at your family reunion, for example. They would be a member of various ecosystems in the educational, youth athletics, and local goverment realms.
So, ecosystems are overlapping and interconnected. You walk into a bridge party and you are in an ecosystem - but think about how many ecosystems the people in the room connect out to! And by scrutinizing the ecosystems you move through, routine situations become puzzle challenges as you attempt to think through the dynamics of the system you are in and the outside systems the people in the room connect to.
Keep a look out over the next week at Mark's website for some cool visuals on ecosystems.
And once you've gained an understanding of ecosystems, it makes sense you'd be curious how to navigate them with the utmost skill. Keep on the lookout for my next post, covering the brilliantly titled 100-Day Plan Module, "How to Network without Being a Dick."