natural management

This is the big search for all the thousands of ways that nature manages its business. From bees organising their hive to viruses managing their survival by adapting to their surroundings. I need you to tell me and link to all the amazing natural management stuff you can find, so we can all use the info and manage better by copying nature.

Monday, August 07, 2006

The Seven Laws - 7: Death

Nature has designed each living thing to have a finite period of life, no matter what you believe, each period of life comes to an end. Why has nature designed that? Some flies last only one glorious day, the giant turtle lasts 200 years - why is that variation a good thing for nature overall? Will the great scheme of all nature only work with different life lengths? Examples very welcome of how different plants and animals manage the end of their life.

Thanks
Kate

The Seven Laws - 6: Dispersion

Movement is easier for animals than plants. Plants have developed unique dispersion methods for their seeds to ensure the next generation lives. Sycamore helicopters, stiky pods and even fruits are only ways to disperse the seed. What examples do you know of great natural dispersion?

Kate

The Seven Laws - 5: Hierarchy

Nature works on hierarchies. Watch chickens in their coop, there is a definite, literal 'pecking order'. A pride of lions has a main male and younger pretenders to the crown. What examples are there of hierarchies if nature. Do plants have hierarchies like animals? Are there genuinely democratic groups of animals? In the savannah, the food chain hierarchy drives all existence. Why has nature put that in place? Could there be alternatives in other natural habitats?

Post your thoughts and info.

The Seven Laws - 4: Regeneration

When you cut your finger, the skin grows back, and yet if you are unlucky enough to lose a whole hand, it doesn't grow back. What are the rules that govern regeneration of animals and plants? What examples are there of amazing regeneration that you wouldn't expect? What about nerve regrowth after accidents? Sometimes it happens sometimes it doesn't, if we understood the rules nature uses, we would be better off. Let me know your examples, or google the web to find out others and tell me.

Kate

The Seven Laws - 3: Adaption

Plants and animals exist in an environment which is constantly changing. Nothing is actually constant in nature but is adapting continually, day by day, 100 moves of 1%. What examples have you got of how nature adapts to its surroundings? Polar bears are white as they live in the snow, butterflies have 'false eyes' in the wing pattern to act as decoys. What others can you tell me about?

Thanks
Kate

The Seven Laws - 2: Growth

Why has nature designed things to grow? Why not start out the size you will be all your life? Nature has worked out that growth is a critical part of managing its existence. How do different animals and plants grow? What are the mechanisms they use to grow? Please post a comment.

The Seven Laws - 1: Survival

The first law of natural behaviour and management - survival. Just the act of continuing your existence day after day. How do different animals and plants do this? This has alot to do with food and water, but what examples do you have of natural survival management? Comments please.

Kate

Intro / instructions

Natural Management is an initiative to capture all of the ways that nature manages itself, including all plant and animal life. I need your contributions to build up a vast library of "natural management". This could be links to internet sites, blogs etc. or your own observations.

The idea is that people, businesses and organisations can use the information to manage their work.

The sort of thing I mean by natural management is the way bees organise themselves in a hive, the way ants organise food gathering, the way trees adapt to changing surroundings, the way deep sea fish have developed their own light source so they can see their prey, the way birds fly in triangular formations, the way the spider designs its web to catch flies to eat, the way the spinal column provides support and a nervous super-highway, the way trees shed their leaves in hot summers to stop dehydrating.

All these management techniques have taken thousands of years to develop, so they must be the best way to get things done.

I'm going to post questions on the blog like those above, but feel free to add postings here too with new subjects.

Thanks
Kate