I think living systems are open systems, as Boyd wrote, and closed systems, systems that are isolated, are non-living systems. Orientations are living systems because they have feedforwad and feedback coming into the system in the form of information as well as data. This is, I think the difference between the two forms of isolation that I believed are represented in your article.
A living system that orients itself to the environment observed (information coming back and forward) takes this information and does one of two things. The culture of the orientation either enforces conformity within or generates diversity outward. An orientation is a position, so the living systems either stays in one position or changes position. The third thing it can do is, like Boyd suggest, neither option. If those at Google, who the Google employee talks about, can’t find a tipping point, when it shows up, will, as Boyd lays out, die.
Whether they find the tipping point and make the correct decision to either enforce conformity or generate diversity (two points from Howard Bloom’s book, Global Brain), depend on the entropy in the system.
Excluding an outside entity, the entropy of the system comes from the capabilities of the organization. Finding the entropy of the organization depends on it’s culture’s ability to adapt resources to a changing environment, the structures ability to contain and control friction in the culture’s use of resources, the organizations ability to maintain the process (OODA) in which those resources are being used, and the want and needs of the living system being maintained by the assets of the organization.
If the living system can maintain its capabilities there is no need to generate diversity. If it can’t maintain its capabilities, then it will need to change its position, because what it is doing isn’t working. If the living system has all it needs, but wants more, then it has the option of either conforming or diversifying, which is the power behind a consumer economy, i.e. perpetual want.
The culture at Google, like the USA itself, is built on the advantage of a consumer economy. The people at Google have all they need, but want more.
That then gets back to what I have said. before: all war is about economic considerations and fought by people with little economic considerations.