An edge effect is a pattern where the edge between 2 systems is more diverse and more productive than either of the 2 systems apart from each other. A common example is the edge between a forest and a field. The trees here grow differently and there are plant and animals species that can only live in this unique ecosystem. Almost any system can be analyzied and optimized to increase the edge effect and its benefits. Another example would be in a business the edge between the customer and the business. In several companies these are meetings but in a retail situations the cash register is the edge between customers and the business.
Relevant TSP Episodes
- TSP Episode 1304 - Using Permaculture Principles to Analyze a Business