On Edges, Margins and True Resilience…


From my blog on Mainstream Permaculture…

Mainstream Permaculture

Example of a natural ecotone, edge or margin... Example of a natural ecotone, edge or margin…

“No one can define or measure justice, democracy, security, freedom, truth, or love. No one can define or measure any value. But if no one speaks up for them, if systems aren’t designed to produce them, if we don’t speak about them and point toward their presence or absence, they will cease to exist.”  ~ Donella H. Meadows, Thinking in Systems: A Primer

“You think that because you understand “one” that you must therefore understand “two” because one and one make two. But you forget that you must also understand “and.”
~ Donella H. Meadows, Thinking in Systems: A Primer

If you ask me to choose, I will always choose the edges, the margins, the ecotones: there is where you can see more diversity, the merging where the whole is much more than the sum of the individual elements, but also where systems are…

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