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Google and the goats

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009

Google has decided that the best way to protect their HQ from brush fires in the countryside surrounding their building is to unleash a herd of 200 goats.  They crop the grass and fertilise it at the same time; and by keeping the grass short, the goats reduce the risk of bush-fires.  A spokesman said that the goats were cuter to look at and better than listening to mowers. 

So another innovative solution and an interestingly low-tech one for such a hi-tech company.  Breaking the mould in your thinking is a great way forward.  Sometimes the simplest solution is the best way forward.  We often tend to seek complex and expensive ways to resolve our problems when sometimes we would do better to take a note out of Alexander the Great’s book and just cut through the Gordian Knot (he was told he could have the city of Gordium is only he could untie their very complex knot; after trying and failing to do so, he just cut the rope.)

If you took one of your problems you a 5 year old, what would they do / suggest?

“Simplicity means the achievement of maximum effect with minimum means.”  Einstein

“The main purpose of science is simplicity and as we understand more things, everything is becoming simpler.”  Walter Bender