硅谷之根:Pando Trees

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硅谷著名科技编辑、PandoDaily 主编 Sarah Lacy 在讲述她为什么创办 PandoDaily 的文章中,提到了“ pando trees 隐喻”。

从题图可以看到,pando trees是犹他州的一片山杨树林,它是世界上最大的也最古老的单体植物,43 公顷,重达 6000 顿,最重要的是,这一片森林拥有同一个“根”。

“不管在地面上发生什么,这个根系依然保持生命力,持续地长出新树。”( No matter what happens above ground, the root system stays alive, and continually shoots up new trees.)

Sarah Lacy认为,这是硅谷科技产业最好的隐喻。“mindmeters思维的乐趣”的朋友们,当然知道我们为什么也会被这个隐喻所感动。

Pando 是拉丁文,它的含义是“I Spread”,意译为“观念的延展”,如何?


以下为文章摘要和关于pando tree的几个资料:

Why I Started PandoDaily
BY SARAH LACY ON JANUARY 16, 2012

Several months ago I became obsessed with a colony of trees in Utah called Pando Trees. Measuring 43 hectares and weighing 6,000 tons, they’re pretty impressive above ground. But what really matters is what is happening below. The interconnected root system is the oldest living organism in the world. No matter what happens above ground, that root system stays alive, and continually shoots up new trees.

It’s the perfect metaphor for what I love about Silicon Valley. It’s not just individual hot startups of-the-moment; it’s that unique startup ecosystem that continually shoots up new companies no matter how frothy or scorched everything above ground gets. That metaphorical startup root system is undoubtably located in Silicon Valley, but increasingly it’s stretching around the world, shooting up new colonies of trees in more and more uncommon places.

We have one goal here at PandoDaily: To be the site-of-record for that startup root-system and everything that springs up from it, cycle-after-cycle. That sounds simple but it’ll be incredibly hard to pull off. It’s not something we accomplish on day one or even day 300. It’s something we accomplish by waking up every single day and writing the best stuff we can, and continually adding like-minded staffers who have the passion, drive and talent to do the same.

http://pandodaily.com/2012/01/16/why-i-started-pandodaily/

Pando the Trembling Giant

MISCONCEPTION: The Blue whale is the largest organism in existence.

TRUTH: Many would say that Ant colonies count as one organism, but they are also just too small. What we are talking about now is a super-organism, and in the world of super-organisms, ant colonies are small fry.

The largest(known) super-organism is called Pando, Latin for ‘I spread’. Pando is a tree, or not. It varies depending on your definition of a tree. Pando (a.k.a. the Trembling Giant) is a clonal colony of a single male, Quaking Aspen(Populus Tremuloides). It is located in Utah in the United States of America.

The way it works is this; when the Quaking Aspen wants to reproduce, it both flowers and produces a clone of itself. The cloning just means extending its network of roots and forcing them up through the ground, thus starting a new tree. This new tree has the same genetic makeup and even has genetic markers to say that it actually belongs to the first tree.

The new tree grows with the old one and together they establish a large root network which produces more and more Quaking Aspen, essentially causing the single tree to expand into a clonal colony with a vast root network.

http://mostodd.wordpress.com/2011/03/10/pando/

Wikipedia – Pando(Tree)

Pando (Latin for “I spread”), also known as The Trembling Giant, is a clonal colony of a single male quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides) determined to be a single living organism by identical genetic markers and one massive underground root system. The plant is estimated to weigh collectively 6,000,000 kg (6,600 short tons),[4]making it the heaviest known organism. The root system of Pando, at an estimated 80,000 years old, is among the oldest known living organisms.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pando_(tree)