An alternative, and very different, approach to the topic is presented, inspired in part by the theoretical work of Howard Pattee. In this approach, the ability of genotypes to self- replicate is taken for granted. Rather, the emphasis is much more on the environment and the processes that it supports; it is assumed that the environment has its own dynamics and self- organisational properties, and that genomes can "sculpt" these dynamics by supplying constraints. Genomes that generate local dynamics that promote their own stability and reproductive success will, by definition, survive, and thereby serve as the seeds of an evolutionary process. A simple model is introduced to exemplify these ideas. Initial results suggest that the appearance of genome-regulated self-stabilising dynamics (a major aspect of the origin of life) is a robust feature of the model. The model also has desirable properties for long-term open-ended evolution.