Efficiency vs. Resilience: Global Supply Chain Collapse – Part 4: The Future

Over the last three parts, we’ve been looking at the current kerfuffle in the supply chain, from the Just-in-Time supply model to natural supply systems and historic trade. Here we’ll be considering a few future scenarios — thought experiments about what would happen if we went down different transportation paths, from one extreme of local … More Efficiency vs. Resilience: Global Supply Chain Collapse – Part 4: The Future

Efficiency vs. Resilience: Global Supply Chain Collapse – Part 3: (Pre)Historical Trade

People have created large, complex cities and societies without fossil fuels in history and prehistory. In only one case that I know of did they depend on the shipment of staple foods and goods — and that was precarious. Traders did regularly move light-weight, valuable, robust goods over long distances, but a collapse in that … More Efficiency vs. Resilience: Global Supply Chain Collapse – Part 3: (Pre)Historical Trade

Efficiency vs. Resilience: Global Supply Chain Collapse – Part 2: Natural Systems

Successful natural systems are resilient because they can withstand or adapt to changes in their surroundings. We could look at resilience in the animal, plant, and fungus kingdoms in many ways: pigeons and rats adapting to urban life, wood ticks expanding northward as temperatures warm, or polar bears trying to adapt to a world with … More Efficiency vs. Resilience: Global Supply Chain Collapse – Part 2: Natural Systems