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Nature’s guide to building resilient systems

10 mins | Jan 5, 2021

Discover a moment of wonder by listening to a carefully selected 15-minute audio story. Listen to expert voices across Technology, Business, Psychology and Health — bringing you new perspectives, insights and ideas. Released every Monday to Friday, we’ll help you practice curiosity and open-mindedness as part of your daily routine. Today's pick: What can leaves, bees and the air can teach humans about challenges? "Life on Earth has long faced these kinds of unpredictable challenges. Asteroid impacts, dramatic climate swings and new pathogens have caused mass extinctions many times in the planet’s history. But over billions of years, nature has evolved strategies for building immunity to such shocks. Human ingenuity has already based many new technologies on nature’s example, from Velcro, which imitates the spiky burrs of plants, to cooling towers modeled on termite mounds. In the 21st century, our institutions can draw similar inspiration from the systems that enable nature to survive unforeseeable catastrophes." Ruth DeFries contemplates in The Wall Street Journal.

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