[OSList] Summer research project idea: 'self organisation'

Daniel Mezick via OSList oslist at lists.openspacetech.org
Fri Nov 28 04:20:04 PST 2014

There are many well-established words that are used to more precisely 
discuss self "organization" in the biological and social sciences. I 
wonder if actively using some of these well-defined words might be 
helpful in the discussion.

Example: stigmergy
*Stigmergy* is a mechanism of indirect coordination between agents or 
actions. The principle is that the trace left in the environment by an 
action stimulates the performance of a next action, by the same or a 
different agent.

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On 11/26/14 8:25 PM, John Baxter via OSList wrote:
> Hello facilitators of self organisation
> Let's take a moment to consider self organisation, as 'field' or 
> 'practice'.
> I am scoping a summer project at the moment (in the southern hemisphere!).
> I have been reading and learning all I can about self org.  There is 
> less than I expected at the heart of self org practice, but much more 
> than I realised in intersecting fields (e.g. in governance, democracy, 
> community organising, management, change, systems...).  There are also 
> unanswered Qs about what 'self org' /is/ (indeed, if it is anything at 
> all).
> It might be worthwhile formalising this, through a focused research 
> project, and sharing the results in a report or the like.
> Possible focus questions that come to mind for me are
> - what does someone need to know to say "I do self organisation"?
> - what would someone need to know to be an 'expert' in self org?
> Would appreciate your perspective, as a 
> practitioner-facilitator-fellow wave rider:
> What (if anything) do you think deserves to be done?
> Who should be involved in doing it?
> Thank you for contributing to the quest!
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