Thursday, May 31, 2012

Tricksters – adapted for survival

Charles Darwin wrote that,
It is not the strongest nor the most intelligent of the species that survive, it is the one most adaptable to change.
Many oral traditions have stories about those most adaptable characters – tricksters. American Indian cultures have Coyote, a trickster character characterized by paradox, duality, cleverness, shape-shifting, duplicity, and a knack for survival. Islamic cultures have the wise fool, Mulla Nasreddin.

Tricksters teach essential truths and survival skills using an array of indirect methods.

Canadian artist Franke James gives reign to her inner trickster to produce delightful visual essays that advocate for action to address climate change. Here are some of her images.

Are humans up to the job? Can we adapt to the changing climate in time? Or are we stuck in a Businss as Usual framework?

Perhaps we can take heart from news that Toyota Prius was the the world’s third best-selling car line in the first quarter of 2012. A sign of adaptation?

Take a minute to soak in the wonderfully creative visual essays of Franke James. And commune with your inner trickster to find ways that you can adapt.

Image Credit: All images are the work of Franke James.


  1. On the question of the mammoth job of adapting the city you might be interested in these two posts of mine (two yet to come).

    More than happy to chat about it if you want.

  2. I would hope that we are up to the task, for my kids' sake. Some people/organisations are trying to make a difference. The Alternative Technology Association ( ) is one such.
    Making green building and design even cooler? 15 sustainable architects at Speed Date a Sustainable Designer Sydney!
    and if you don't live in Sydney or can't make that event, check out: the ATA’s free webinar – How it works: building a sustainable house to suit your site

  3. Thanks for these leads... I encourage interested readers to check them out.