Fritjof Capra, in his book ‘The Hidden Connections’ applies aspects of complexity theory, particularly the analysis of networks, to global capitalism and the state of the world; and eloquently argues the case that social systems such as organisations and networks are not just like living systems – they are living systems. The concept and theory of living systems (technically known as autopoiesis) was introduced in 1972 by Chilean biologists Humberto Maturana and Francisco Varela.
This is a complete version of a ‘long-blog’ written by Al Kennedy on behalf of ‘The Nature of Business’ blog and BCI: Biomimicry for Creative Innovation www.businessinspired...
I've been fascinated with emergence in biology for years reading E. O. Wilson and others. This looks cool and along those lines. I'm somewhere between emergence, systems not requiring top down authority to build things like ants and bees, and weather-like models where we can forecast emergent "fronts" based on news, past behaviors, time of year and archived Internet behavioral data.
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