Category Archives: Self-organized systems

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

Posted in Complexity & change, Emergence, Self-organization, Self-organized systems | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Occupy Wall Street, Swarm Behavior & Self-Organized Criticality

If you’ve been watching the Occupy Wall Street protests these last few weeks, you may be surprised by how quickly it spread from a small group of disgruntled youth in New York to a planetary mobilization that is now active … Continue reading

Posted in Change, Complexity, Complexity & change, Self-organization, Self-organized systems, Social change | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Two Case Studies in the Diffusion of Scientific Information via the Internet

This report concerns a pilot study of patterns of access to scientific documents made available on the internet, in particular, the World-Wide Web. Its goal is to suggest that the behavior of internet users can be subject to scientific analysis, … Continue reading

Posted in Complexity, Self-organization, Self-organized systems | Tagged , | Leave a comment

The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia

For two thousand years the disparate groups that now reside in Zomia (a mountainous region the size of Europe that consists of portions of seven Asian countries) have fled the projects of the organized state societies that surround them—slavery, conscription, … Continue reading

Posted in Self-governance, Self-organization, Self-organized systems | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Pioneering Ants Challenge Self-Organization Assumptions

Read Some worker ants are more equal than others. As with other social insects, it was once thought that workers were essentially equivalent in ant colony hierarchies. But it appears that a few well-informed individuals shape group decisions by leading … Continue reading

Posted in Self-organization, Self-organized systems | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Ants Are Talking To Us – Binding in community, self-organizing and survival

Read Scientists at Georgia Tech recently reported this fascinating example of altruistic behavior in the animal kingdom as a survival mechanism. They reported that the dreaded Amazonian fire ant when swept up by the seasonal floodwaters came together by the … Continue reading

Posted in Community, Self-organization, Self-organized systems | Tagged , | Leave a comment

The Conductor-less Orchestra

Tapping into the unique skills of knowledge workers requires leaders to adopt new ways of thinking and to apply new models of organization to the workplace. According to Harvard business professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter in Executive Excellence, “Your structures should … Continue reading

Posted in Leadership, Self-governance, Self-organization, Self-organized systems, Social innovation | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

A Sociological Theory of Communication – The Self-Organization of the Knowledge-Based Society

Read Read also: Introduction Networks of communication evolve in terms of reflexive exchanges. The codification of these reflections in language, that is, at the social level, can be considered as the operating system of society. Under sociologically specifiable conditions, the … Continue reading

Posted in Communication, Knowledge, Knowledge-based society, Self-governance, Self-organization, Self-organized systems | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

The Creative Forces of Self-Organization

Consider a group of workers. If they act jointly under the direction of a leader to produce a product or service, we consider their behavior organized. If they act as a team without external orders, we would consider them self-organized. … Continue reading

Posted in Creativity, Self-organization, Self-organized systems, Social innovation | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Hierarchical organization in complex networks

Many real networks in nature and society share two generic properties: they are scale-free and they display a high degree of clustering. We show that these two features are the consequence of a hierarchical organization, implying that small groups of … Continue reading

Posted in Complex network, Hierarchy, Network theory, Networks, Scale-free networks, Self-organized systems | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment