Notes
13 May 2021

Unbundle. Re-bundle.

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Holometabolism. Complete change. This process transforms a slow caterpillar into a nimble butterfly. This beautiful feat of nature is the bridge between two distinct worlds, one consumes and the other nurtures. These two worlds do not compete, they have their own purpose. They are different. Scientists have now observed through 3-D scans that during holometaboly, the caterpillar decomposes, rearranges and then recomposes into the constituent parts of a butterfly. It unbundles, prepares for a different world and then re-bundles.

When I want to solve a large and complex problem, such as financial security of people living on less than $1 per day, I can start by reusing a proven solution, say The Graduation Approach. Such a solution is proven to be effective when executed with expert support. I can try it in one village and then plan for its replication across more villages. Is that akin to replicating and growing more caterpillars? Is this an opportunity for me to try holometaboly? Can I unbundle, rearrange and re-bundle the solution such that it works at scale? Can people overcome poverty without the help of experts? How can I prepare for that different world?

Reading: 3-D Scans Reveal Caterpillars Turning Into Butterflies, National Geographic

Image source: The Met’s Open Access Program

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