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Geoffrey B. West, Why Cities Keep Growing, Corporations Die, & Life Gets Faster
The Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center
San Francisco, CA
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Geoffrey B. West, Why Cities Keep Growing, Corporations Die, & Life Gets Faster
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About this Seminar:
As organisms, cities, and companies scale up, they all gain in efficiency, but then they vary. The bigger an organism, the slower. Yet the bigger a city is, the faster it runs. And cities are structurally immortal, while corporations are structurally doomed. Scaling up always creates new problems; cities can innovate faster than the problems indefinitely, while corporations cannot.

These revolutionary findings come from Geoffrey West's examination of vast quantities of data on the metabolic/economic behavior of organisms and organizations. A theoretical physicist, West was president of Santa Fe Institute from 2005 to 2009 and founded the high energy physics group at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The Seminars About Long-term Thinking were started in 02003 to build a coherent, compelling body of ideas about long-term thinking, to help nudge civilization toward Long Now's goal of making long-term thinking automatic and common instead of difficult and rare.

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The Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center
Marina Blvd. & Buchanan St.
San Francisco, CA 94123
United States


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Arts > Literary
Other > Technology

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Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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