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This bird ballet is a great metaphor our own “real life emergent behaviour” – what might be possible if we all start communicating properly and making the right connections. Thanks to @jyri (Google’s Jyri Engestrom) on Twitter for the idea!

Watching these starlings reminds me of Arie de Geus’ book, The Living Company. Arie talked about birds using “flocking” as a way of passing on information to each other: bird species that flocked, such as starlings, had advantages over the ones that didn’t, like robins.

Scientists observed how, in the midst of winter when lakes and even rivers might be iced over, starlings had taught each other to peck open the lids of milk bottles on peoples’ doorsteps – the solitary robins didn’t appear to have this knowledge.

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