The center famously can't hold in post-digital society: magnets of admiration from presidents to movie stars to CEOs all reveal a habit of sliding to the edge of reason. One source for this discord may spring from an improvement in how we run our buildings: it's more feasible than ever to store power when you don't need it and run it down when you do, saving wear and tear on the energy grid.
I'm looking harder at how owners and neighbors trade power at what experts call the "grid edge." It seems like a metaphor for how we can organize our neighborhoods, our budgets for money and carbon, and our ideas of whom to trust in a crisis. This story in GreenBiz looks at one approach. Stay tuned- more will follow.