In our Living Grid explorer, we're asking how we might design an energy system that can continuously renew itself. John Atkinson and Myron Rogers shared their exploration of the five 'big' characteristics of living systems:
As John writes, "These ‘Big Five’ characteristics all interact with each other and impact on each other. They don’t form a nice neat ‘five steps to systems nirvana’. If they did, they’d be wrong, contradicting the very beliefs that are at the core of our understanding of how living systems work. Instead, how they interact matters, the more you explore one, the more you understand it through the others."