Tuesday, April 17, 2012


Krys Boyd is interviewing Rafe Sagarin, a marine ecologist who wrote a book called Learning from the Octopus. His work is about applying lessons from complex adaptive systems in nature to today's issues that we face as humans. As you may know I'm a big fan of biomimicry and the similar subject of systemics. If you can find the podcast of the interview it's worth your time. Regarding cities, perhaps his most succinct message is that broadly applying best practices from other places in a top down manner is usually not accurately appropriated to the particular localized problem. We can learn from what has worked elsewhere, but the solution has to be acutely local and ground up from the efforts of as many empowered stakeholders as possible.