Daily Archives: July 1, 2015

Autopoiesis and Knowledge in Self-Sustaining Organizational Systems

Knowledge and the communication of knowledge are critical for self-sustaining organizations comprised of people and the tools and machines that extend peoples’ physical and cognitive capacities. Humberto Maturana and Francisco Varela proposed the concept of autopoiesis (“self” + “production”) as … Continue reading

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The Learning Environment as a Chaotic and Complex Adaptive System

Thrivability is a novel concept describing the intention to go beyond sustainability, allowing a system to flourish. For a society or organization to be thrivable, educated, responsible acting agents are needed. Traditional education focuses on (efficient) reproduction of existing organised … Continue reading

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The Complexity of Transitions

Models that belong to the realm of complexity studies turn very insightful when addressing societal and technological transitions. The very idea of transition finds direct counterparts in a number of phenomena in natural sciences, the most notable one being phase … Continue reading

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The Evolutionary Advantage of Cooperation

The present study asks how cooperation and consequently structure can emerge in many different evolutionary contexts.  Cooperation, here, is a persistent behavioral pattern of individual entities pooling and sharing resources. Examples are individual cells forming multicellular systems whose various parts … Continue reading

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