Panarchy and pace in the big back loop | Solving for Pattern

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Panarchy and pace in the big back loop | Solving for Pattern

Panarchy and pace in the big back loop

by HOWARD SILVERMAN on 27 OCT 2012 0 COMMENTS

[Reprinting an 18MAR2009 P&P article that came up in conversation today. –HS]

“The back loop is the time of the Long Now,” writes Resilience Alliance founder Buzz Holling. It is a time “when each of us must become aware that he or she is a participant.”

“The trick is to treat the last ten thousand years as if it were last week, and the next ten thousand as if it were next week,” advises Stewart Brand in The Clock of the Long Now. “Such tricks confer advantage.”

Though Brand’s book precedes Holling’s “Complex Worlds” paper, their dialog runs pretty much like that. And the discussion turns on a pair of interrelated metaphors: panarchy and pace layering.

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