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Improv Theater and Complex Adaptive Systems

What is the "magic formula" that allows a fully formed, organized play - with believable characters and plot - to emerge before the audience’s eyes? Why does it work seamlessly sometimes and not so well other times?

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Structure and agency

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The question over the primacy of either structure or agency in human behavior is a central debate in the social sciences.

 

In this context, agency refers to the capacity of individuals to act independently and to make their own free choices.

 

Structure, in contrast, refers to the recurrent patterned arrangements which influence or limit the choices and opportunities available.

 

The structure versus agency debate may also be understood as an issue of socialisation against autonomy, and can be contrasted with the "nature versus nurture" debate.

 

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CultureLab: Forget fittest, it's survival of the most cultured

CultureLab: Forget fittest, it's survival of the most cultured | Memetor | Scoop.it

A consensus is emerging that humans have an impressive capacity for open-ended change, much as culturalists have claimed, but that this is a result of genetic evolution - and is itself an evolutionary process. Culture can now be approached from an evolutionary perspective, while evolutionists have much to learn from the "natural historians" of cultures.

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Complex adaptive system

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Complex adaptive systems are dynamic networks of interactions and relationships not aggregations of static entities. They are adaptive in that their individual and collective behaviour changes as a result of experience.

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Bernardo Huberman - "Social Media and Attention"

Bernardo Huberman - "Social Media and Attention" | Memetor | Scoop.it

The past decade has witnessed a momentous transformation in the way people interact and exchange information with each other. Content is now co-produced, shared, classified and rated on the Web by millions of people, while attention has become the ephemeral and valuable resource that everyone seeks to acquire.

This talk will focus on how social attention is allocated among all media and how it decays as novelty fades and new content is created. This will be followed by a description of the role that attention plays in the production and consumption of content within social media, how its dynamics can be used to predict future trends, and its connection with the emergence of a public agenda.


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A bigger picture of information design

A bigger picture of information design | Memetor | Scoop.it

information design:

• its definition (history, objective, boundaries?),

• its theory (education = foundation levels, research?)

• its practice (work = clients).

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Interesting, Easy, Beautiful, True?

Interesting, Easy, Beautiful, True? | Memetor | Scoop.it

Information needs to be interesting (meaningful & relevant) and have integrity (accuracy, consistency). Design needs to have form (beauty & structure) and function (it has to work and be easy to use).

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Complexity & Humanity 2.0

A journey through complexity theory and our networked society, exploring how we got it wrong and the exponential growth in human capability.
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World class facilitators and trainers | Strategy in action

Memetor is a system of formats, principles and techniques that is more than the sum of its parts.

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Welcome to the No-Hour Work Week

Welcome to the No-Hour Work Week | Memetor | Scoop.it

With the help of mobile technology, more people are working to live rather than living to work. In surveys, today's employees are more likely to associate words like 'love' and 'world' with with finding a job than 'money' and 'success'. And in an age when people carry their (open-planned) office in their pocket, it is essential to make rest and recuperation a priority as a means of recovering energy. "More energy means more creativity," says Stein. "More creativity means better work. And that’s a good outcome for everyone, and the world."


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Swarm Theory - National Geographic Magazine

Swarm Theory - National Geographic Magazine | Memetor | Scoop.it
Swarm Behavior - A single ant or bee isn't smart, but their colonies are. The study of swarm intelligence is providing insights that can help humans manage complex systems, from truck routing to military robots.
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Wired for Culture: How Language Enabled “Visual Theft,” Sparked Innovation, and Helped Us Evolve

Wired for Culture: How Language Enabled “Visual Theft,” Sparked Innovation, and Helped Us Evolve | Memetor | Scoop.it

"Much has been said about what makes us human and what it means to be human. Language, which we’ve previously seen co-evolved with music to separate us from our primal ancestors, is not only one of the defining differentiators of our species, but also a key to our evolutionary success, responsible for the hallmarks of humanity, from art to technology to morality. So argues evolutionary biologist Mark Pagel in Wired for Culture: Origins of the Human Social Mind — a fascinating new addition to these 5 essential books on language, tracing 80,000 years of evolutionary history to explore how and why we developed a mind hard-wired for culture."


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Paulo Moekotte's comment, March 6, 2012 3:29 PM
Dear Howard,

You should watch Kirby Fergusons beautiful movie series on remixing and creativity (i.e. copying, transforming & combining): Everything is a Remix. Especially part 4 is great in my opinion when he tackles the origins of copyright and intellectual property and way these got twisted over time. (http://goo.gl/DrJP7)
Howard Rheingold's comment, March 7, 2012 12:41 PM
Thanks, Paolo! Will check it out.
danijel drnić's comment, March 2, 2013 1:12 PM
I would rather use Merge-Cognate-Last form because of much deeper sense of meaning. It's hard to tell if you can copy something there is not, or transform something if it is not viable nor combining if it can't last. Again typical mistake of human kind. We just have that sense we actually coping something, rather just combine something in newer context. That is not the same ! Transforming thing is pretty SF in real manner of it's meaning, like mid-evil transforming led to gold !?? Come on we are much deeper beings. This is childish view on on.
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Beyond X PRIZE: The 10 Best Crowdsourcing Tools and Technologies

Beyond X PRIZE: The 10 Best Crowdsourcing Tools and Technologies | Memetor | Scoop.it
Peter Diamandis explaining X PRIZE economics. (Photo: Hubert Burda) Dr. Peter H.

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Improvisation in Action

Improvisation is an orientation and technique to enhance the strategic renewal of organizations. The bridge between theory and parctise is made by exercises used to develop the capacity to improvise.

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Universal Darwinism

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Universal Darwinism, also known as generalized Darwinism or universal selection theory, refers to a variety of approaches that extend the theory of Darwinism beyond its original domain of biological evolution on Earth.

 

The idea is to formulate a generalized version of the mechanisms of variation, selection and heredity proposed by Charles Darwin, so that they can be applied to explain evolution in a wide variety of other domains, including psychology, economics, culture, medicine, computer science and physics.

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Emergence - Complexity from Simplicity, Order from Chaos (1 of 2)

Emergent complexity can arise from simple interactions between agents following rules. The complexity that arises is suprising and challenges our assumptions...
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TEDxRotterdam - Igor Nikolic - Complex adaptive systems

Igor Nikolic graduated in 2009 on his dissertation: co-evolutionary process for modelling large scale socio-technical systems evolution. He received his MSc ...
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Evolutionary organization theory

Each company is an ecology within which strategic initiatives emerge in patterned ways. Top management drives most initiatives but leaders throughout the organization also drive initiatives. These initiatives compete for limited organizational resources to increase their relative importance.

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Seminar Braathen: Paradox in Social Systems | ecco.vub.ac.be

Many of the problems facing organizations contain paradoxes or the experience of a paradox. Managers, for example, are asked to increase efficiency and foster creativity, build individualistic teams, and think globally while acting locally. "It's a paradox," however, is rapidly becoming the management cliche of our time--overused and underspecified.

The experience of a paradox can lead to confusion and apathy, and limits the individual and/or the organization from acting upon the situation. Concurrently, a paradox is the source of tremendous power for substantial change and learning.

Most often, researchers in organization theory use paradox to describe conflicting demands, opposing perspectives, or seemingly illogical findings. Yet, labeling paradox does not necessarily foster understanding, and few explore them at greater depths.

Braathen's objective is to bring insight from complex systems theory, evolutionary theory and theory on semiotics/pragmatism to understand how paradoxes emerge and can be resolved in social systems. Further, he presents a framework and a tool to be applied for practical organization.

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Swarm Intelligence: Is the Group Really Smarter?

Swarm Intelligence: Is the Group Really Smarter? | Memetor | Scoop.it
Swarm Intelligence, or Swarm Theory, is the collective behavior of decentralized, self-organizing systems: ants in a colony, movie raters at Rotten Tomatoes, participants in a market economy, etc. ...
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Social media and the change from information to formation

Social media and the change from information to formation | Memetor | Scoop.it
The change towards the creative economy has major implications for the nature of what we have called assets. In the industrial age, the assets were physical resources, plant and equipment. Most of ...
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What You Can Learn From These 10 Infographics

What You Can Learn From These 10 Infographics | Memetor | Scoop.it
It has only been the last couple of years that infographics have become the go-to representation on the web for teaching an audience about the numerical, in a sleek and distributable format, which often goes viral when done right.
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