Monthly Archives: June 2015

A question of Complexity: Measuring the Maturity of Online Enquiry Communities

Online enquiry communities such as Question Answering (Q&A) websites allow people to seek answers to all kind of questions. With the growing popularity of such platforms, it is important for community managers to constantly monitor the performance of their communities. … Continue reading

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Linking Economic Complexity, Institutions and Income Inequality

The mix of products that a country exports predicts that country’s subsequent pattern of diversification and economic growth. But does this product mix also predict income inequality? Here we combine methods from econometrics, network science, and economic complexity to show … Continue reading

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Not Firms but Commons and Market Networks

Many people see peer-to-peer platforms as game-changers in the world of work with the potential of reinventing the economy and giving individuals the power of the corporation. Others are sceptical and warn that the new architectures of participation and choice … Continue reading

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Social Innovation Lab Guide

The Social Innovation Lab emphasizes not only imagining high potential interventions but also gaining system sight, redefining problems, and identifying opportunities in the broader context with the potential to tip systems in positive directions. It is a three-step process of … Continue reading

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Social Emergence: Distinguishing Reflexive and Non-reflexive Modes

Emergence has a long and controversial history. In this paper we briefly review the primary strands of the debate, paying attention to its use in the fields of philosophy of science and mind, social science and systems theory including the … Continue reading

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A Dynamic Systems View of Economic and Political Theory

Since the Early Modern period, political theory has assumed methodological individualism, similar to the atomistic mechanism that prevailed in physics. This leads to a combinatorial, linear political theory centred on individual actions serving individual interests. Similar trends developed in economics … Continue reading

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Self-Organization, Emergence and Multi-Agent Systems

We begin by describing the importance of emergence and the need, in certain situations, to move away from a reduction mind-set to a more holist approach. We define the term emergence in context of self-organizing systems, autopoiesis and chaotic systems. … Continue reading

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The Organization of the Living – A Theory of the Living Organization

Humberto Maturana. My purpose in this article is to present a theory of the organization of living systems as autonomous entities, and a theory of the organization of the nervous system as a closed network of interacting neurons structurally coupled … Continue reading

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Panarchy – Governance in the Network Age

The primary hypothesis that I will endeavor to support is that leveraging the benefits of network organization constitutes a new source of power and a new way of accomplishing global governance. As individuals and groups engage each other globally, the … Continue reading

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An Autopoietic Understanding of ‘‘Innovative Organization’’

Luhmann’s autopoietic theory offers a theory without a priori defined drivers of novelty. Such assumptions has led to claims  that Luhmann’s theory is relevant only to the study of routines and not to innovative processes, and that it prevents a … Continue reading

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