Bigger or more dynamic doesn’t mean more resilient

Consider two settlements. The first is a small metropolitan area called Barnstable Town. The second is Rochester, a large area with a rapidly growing economy. Which do you think would be more resilient? This may sound unnatural, but the answer is the smaller area of Barnstable. Various resilience rankings of US regions reveal many such […]

Urban Dynamics 50 years later. We still make it wrong

More than half a century ago, Jay W. Forrester tried to warn the public about the unintended consequences of policy programmes. If one facet of the system was pushed, he wrote, apparently unrelated parts would eventually be thrown out of balance, meaning that no matter how good or bad the policy programme was, it would […]