Tesser’s Ecosystem Design Framework

2018: The Netherlands, Machiel Tesser, a pioneering figure in Lean Blockchain System Thinking, introduced a ground-breaking tool known as the ‘Ecosystem Design Framework.’

This innovative framework was developed to enhance problem-solving and facilitate the creation of cutting-edge solutions by utilizing a unique relationships logic protocol. The core of this protocol operates on the principle: “if <who> does <what>, then <that>.”

In this framework the ‘Who’ represents the stakeholders or identities involved in the ecosystem.

The ‘What’ specifies their roles and the value-adding activities they perform, and the combination of ‘Who’ and ‘What’ results in a ‘That it Happened’ scenario.

This scenario signifies a consensus, providing a timestamp and proof that a certain activity occurred with system approval.

It essentially acts as a network status update reflecting a predefined change within the system.

The ‘Ecosystem Design Framework’ is governed by the simple yet powerful rule: “If this, then that” (IFTTT). This model offers a structured approach that ensures clarity and coordination among stakeholders, facilitating their collective efforts towards achieving systemic goals sustainably.

By defining clear roles and establishing a consensus mechanism, the framework promotes transparency and accountability, essential for effective collaboration in complex systems.

Tesser’s model not only streamlines processes but also enhances the integrity of interactions within the ecosystem, making it an indispensable tool for contemporary problem-solving and innovation in the Lean, blockchain and Systems Thinking domains.




Who: identifies the stakeholders/identities involved

What: identifies their roles and value-adding activities

Who + What  => That it Happened: the consensus and integration of Who and what information. It’s a proof, a timestamp, of the fact that something happened with system approval. That information is a network status update regarding a predefined system change.

Rules govern this protocol: “If this, then that.”  IFTTT


This model provides a structured approach and consensus framework, ensuring clarity and coordination among stakeholders as they collectively work towards systemic goals in a sustainable way. Machiel Tesset IFTTT Ecosystem Design Framework.