Category Archives: Emergence

The Tactics of Collaboration

Understanding the tactics of collaboration can help make the unique value of working well together real. It’s important because the whole — all of us, humanity — can be greater than the sum of our parts. We often discuss collaboration … Continue reading

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Developmental Evaluation: Applying Complexity Concepts to Enhance Innovation and Use

Developmental evaluation (DE) offers a powerful approach to monitoring and supporting social innovations by working in partnership with program decision makers. In this book, eminent authority Michael Quinn Patton shows how to conduct evaluations within a DE framework. Patton draws … Continue reading

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Peggy Holman: Emergence and the Future of Society

Change is in the air, and most people can tell. The economy has undergone some serious disruptions. Marketers are starting to say that companies need to start speaking with, and actually listening to, their customers in order to survive. Protest … Continue reading

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Developmental Evaluation: Applying Complexity Concepts to Enhance Innovation and Use

Developmental evaluation (DE) offers a powerful approach to monitoring and supporting social innovations by working in partnership with program decision makers. In this book, eminent authority Michael Quinn Patton shows how to conduct evaluations within a DE framework. Patton draws … Continue reading

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Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software

Emergence is what happens when an interconnected system of relatively simple elements self-organizes to form more intelligent, more adaptive higher-level behavior. It’s a bottom-up model rather than being engineered by a general or a master planner, emergence begins at the … Continue reading

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Engaging Emergence – Turning Upheaval into Opportunity

Read What does it take to face disruptions and invite others to join you to realize new possibilities? If you are seeking effective principles and practices for working with change and the unexpected, then you’ve come to the right place!  … Continue reading

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Flock Theory – A New Model of Emergent Self-Organization in Human Interaction

This paper introduces a new theory of emergent self-organization in human interaction. Flock theory draws from a theoretical basis of emergence and self-organizing systems. Likewise, two other important theoretical works are offered, Eric Eisenberg’s work on the transcendent organization of … Continue reading

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Team assembly mechanisms determine collaboration network structure and team performance

Read Agents in creative enterprises are embedded in networks that inspire, support, and evaluate their work. Here, we investigate how the mechanisms by which creative teams self-assemble determine the structure of these collaboration networks. We propose a model for the … Continue reading

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Self-organization of Time and Causality – steps towards understanding the ultimate origin

Read (Download – at Viewer, change View) Probably  the  most  fundamental  problem  is  the  origin  of  time  and causality. The inherent difficulty is that all scientific theories of origins and evolution consider  the  existence  of  time  and  causality  as  given. … Continue reading

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Self-organization of Complex, Intelligent Systems – An action ontology for transdisciplinary integration

This paper reviews the general philosophy underlying the transdisciplinary research in the Evolution, Complexity and Cognition (ECCO) group. The ECCO conceptual framework is based on an ontology of action: the fundamental constituents of reality are seen as actions and the … Continue reading

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