Mastering Complexity
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Systemsthinking in a complex world for better understanding
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Stigmergy

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Kind people have stigmergically translated this article into German and French. This article is part of a series: ‘Governance and other systems of mass collaboration’. Stigmergy is a me...

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Philippe Vallat's curator insight, January 19, 2013 2:40 PM

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. In that way, subsequent actions tend to reinforce and build on each other, leading to the spontaneous emergence of coherent, apparently systematic activity. Stigmergy is a form of self-organization. It produces complex, seemingly intelligent structures, without need for any planning, control, or even direct communication between the agents.

Anne Caspari's comment, January 21, 2013 3:35 AM
Great post, have you tried combining this with what Holacracy has to offer as a governance tool with distributed power? Seems there are synergies.
Pierre Johnson's comment, January 21, 2013 5:15 AM
I have thought of it, and will investigate it. FYI, I have found that Stigmergy my be a synonym of Distributed Intelligence. Who would agree on this?
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On Systems Thinking, Innovation, and Tips for Building Effective Interdisciplinary Teams | Sustainable Brands

On Systems Thinking, Innovation, and Tips for Building Effective Interdisciplinary Teams | Sustainable Brands | Mastering Complexity | Scoop.it
Systems thinking, complex problems and tips for building effective collaboration within an interdisciplinary team.

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Seven Measures of Transformational Project Leadership

Seven Measures of Transformational Project Leadership | Mastering Complexity | Scoop.it
Project management is starting to see a new type of project leader who goes beyond merely conducting transactions with project team members. The transformational project leader helps a project succ...

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