Author Archives: Giorgio Bertini

About Giorgio Bertini

Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++

The Social Context of Adolescent Friendships: Parents, Peers, and Romantic Partners

We argue that adolescent friendships flourish, or wither, within the “linked lives” of other salient social network ties. Based on structural equation modeling with data from two-time points, we find that young people tend to be in high-quality friendships when … Continue reading

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Persistent and Pervasive Community: New Communication Technologies and the Future of Community

Two affordances of digital communication technologies, persistent contact, and pervasive awareness are ushering in a fundamental change to the structure of a community. These affordances break from the mobility narrative that has described community since the rise of urban industrialism, … Continue reading

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Networked – The New Social Operating System

Book – Daily life is connected life, its rhythms are driven by endless email pings and responses, the chimes and beeps of continually arriving text messages, tweets and retweets, Facebook updates, pictures and videos to post and discuss. Our perpetual … Continue reading

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Between Justice and Accumulation: Aristotle on Currency and Reciprocity

For Aristotle, a just political community has to find similarity in difference and foster habits of reciprocity. Conventionally, speech and law have been seen to fulfill this role. This article reconstructs Aristotle’s conception of currency (nomisma) as a political institution … Continue reading

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Prosocial behaviors in context: Examining the role of children’s social companions

This study examines the role of immediate social companions in the prosocial behaviors of children from two cultural communities from the USA and the Philippines. Materials for this study comprised behavioral observations drawn from the Six Cultures Study — with … Continue reading

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Reciprocity in Crisis Situations

Crises, by their very nature, are characterized by a feeling of being overwhelmed, as we are faced with situations that call for responses above and beyond those which we normally have to face and for which we have developed the … Continue reading

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The effect of moral foundations in prosocial crowdfunding

Prosocial crowdfunding is a new business phenomenon which is transforming the microfinance sector, as more microloans are posted online for fundraising. Research suggests that prosocial lenders registered on crowdfunding platforms seek non-financial returns from their investments, such as the creation … Continue reading

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The Roots of Reciprocity: Gratitude and Reputation in Generalized Exchange Systems

Social scientists often study the flow of material and social support as generalized exchange systems. These systems are associated with an array of benefits to groups and communities, but their existence is problematic, because individuals may be motivated to take … Continue reading

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The burden of reciprocity: Processes of exclusion and withdrawal from personal networks

Reciprocity has been traditionally treated in sociological and anthropological theory as a force of integration that keeps network members tied together through a complex web of obligations and interdependencies. This article suggests that in the context of poverty it can … Continue reading

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Sociospatial Dynamics of Personal Knowledge Networks

Whilst personal knowledge networks between organizations have been argued to be important for regional economic development, their functioning and, within this context, the exact role of spatial proximity has been empirically underexplored. This paper addresses these issues by, first, examining … Continue reading

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