Long term thinking

December 10, 2018

There’s also the story of New College, at Oxford. In the 1800s, they noticed the old oak beams in the ceiling of their dining hall were rotting — and they couldn’t buy new ones, since oak had been over-harvested.

But it turned out that the people who’d built the school 500 years earlier had planted a grove of oak trees for this very reason: They knew the beams would eventually rot, and they planned far ahead for it.

The excerpt above from this piece really stuck out to me. It’s a fun story that’s a good example of holistic system thinking. I hope it’s true.