Garden's for a Future

Natural Bonds aka Unbiased Social-Ability
November 19, 2010, 5:36 am
Filed under: History, Marketing, Patterns in Nature

I have a bad habit of putting down a book and re-reading the same portion over and over again till I get past that and really get down to reading.

The book at this moment is Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell, excellent story so far, and it reinforces my previous post on Marketting like the HIV Virus.

One story in particular that Gladwell focuses on is the story of Paul Revere and William Dawes. Both set out to tell the populace that the British were coming and to be prepared. Paul Revere’s message spread and his name is known in all American history books. Dawes message on the other hand did not go far at all failing to reach the militia.

What was the difference? Revere was a Connector within his community. He had many weak ties in many areas and  naturally was a sociable person talking to anyone and everyone. Dawes on the other hand was a normal person with a normal social circle.

In nature, the bonds and networks within a forest ecosystem are comparable. Linking within a group of species can be beneficial; however, cooperating outside of your species is survival.

For example, mycelium is the vegetative part of fungi. It forms hair-like strands within the soil and can connect to the plants and wildlife within a forest. This connection fosters benefits to both species. The fungi has a home that provides essential starches and nutrients while the tree or plant can obtain nutrients and water through the mycelial network with a boosted immune system (the fungi will eat away diseased tissue and fight off infection/disease).

Another key note is the mycelial connection to all living plants within a forest especially the elderly. Their experience and growth nurtures the younger plants until they can survive on their own and one day give it back.

That’s all for now.


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