Citizens taking action ~ Vancouver, Lower Mainland, and beyond.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Learning from the starlings!

How does social change happen? How will we shift our collective destiny to avoid disaster ahead? Let's do what the starlings do.

Research in the UK cracked the starlings' secret for coordinating their movements so vast flocks can veer around in complex formations without crashing into each other, at the same time protecting themselves against predators.

Turns out what each starling does is keep track of the movements of just seven other birds. This forms an interlocking network of coordinated movements that protects not only the individual birds but the whole flock.

There's a message here about social change. Each of us, seven other people, and together we can make change without waiting for "them" to solve our problems for us.

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