"As a result, the water molecules arrange themselves in predetermined spaces and in a specific arrangement. This process is much like tiling a floor in accordance with a specific pattern: once the pattern is chosen and the first tiles are placed, then all the other tiles must go in predetermined spaces in order to maintain the pattern of symmetry. Water molecules simply arrange themselves to fit the spaces and maintain symmetry; in this way, the different arms of the snowflake are formed."
I have been thinking about economics as a kind of sudoku where we might be looking at the elements in a system and figuring out the best way to have balance and diversity. Snowflakes doing it of their own accord seems inspiring and hopeful.
Radical Human Ecology: Intercultural and Indigenous Approaches
Searching google for sudoku and ecology lead me to this book which reminds me that abstractions can be tidy but irrelevant when dealing with real ecologies and communities. So perhaps it is the process of inclusion, balance and diversity in sudoku rather than the specifics of it that I find interesting, that it has a different intent than chess or monopoly, which seems helpful. Then it is the spirit of the people and the ecology or their real dynamics that give expression to that approach and produce a living snowflake? a web of life?
Where we look at our context and see each other and what we can individually or collaboratively contribute, share, use, create? Like the farmers who took hay to Queensland.The lifesaver who went to Greece. Firefighting volunteers. Homeless laundry. Gumtree is a bit like this, redbubble, etsy, or ebay in the retail sense. but perhaps it could work for things like power networks and load balancing from houses with solar, wind farms, energy storage, tidal ? Could we redistribute flood v drought with enough subtlety to keep the ecologies we have in tact?