Trillions – Chapter 4 by Peter Lucas, Joe Ballay & Mickey McManus
=> Key takeaway (page 102)…
“At The Intersection of People and Information:
The reader may note that to this point we haven’t mentioned many of the actual physical things that humankind has copied from Nature. We haven’t mentioned the rise of biomimicry that has driven new inventions in artificial limbs, airfoils, adhesives , or living quarters. We didn’t talk about geodesic domes or seashells.
While we think these efforts are all well and good, our focus is not on the design of things per se, but on the discovery and applications of design patterns and processes that can be applied at the intersection of information systems and the people. As Tolkien taught us, we are not merely copiers, we are subcreators—we need to understand the rules that give rise to the systems we create.
In the next chapter, design itself will take center stage as we explore ways in which we can use the building blocks of the natural world along with practices honed over decades—in some cases centuries—of deliberate creativity to drive thoughtful systematic change.”