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The explosion of Chinese Web-Based Youth Self-Organizations

"In China, where civil society is still in its infancy, web-based youth self-organizations have been around for about ten years - nearly a decade of history. China's youth facilitate the growth of ...
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Vancouver drug users' group was once called militant. Now it's leading the prevention charge

Vancouver drug users' group was once called militant. Now it's leading the prevention charge | Self-organizing and Systems Mapping | Scoop.it
"This idea of drug users self organizing and coming up with drug-user-led solutions seemed revolutionary to me, and I immediately visited VANDU,'' Kerr says, adding he soon learned that people at highest risk of disease and death were being reached by the organization and missed by conventional public-health programs.

"The thing about VANDU is they're usually two or three steps ahead of the bureaucracy and often lead the way in innovations and delivery of programs and helping initiate policy,'' he says.

"VANDU is known around the world as one of the biggest and most impactful drug user groups,'' he says.

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Introducing ‘The Big Five’

Introducing ‘The Big Five’ | Self-organizing and Systems Mapping | Scoop.it
With Myron Rogers, I’ve been exploring a set of characteristics of living systems that I’ve found helpful. They have guided me in making sense of the circumstances I find myself in and in designing…
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Today’s Challenges: Training and Capacity Building — Mobilisation Lab

Today’s Challenges: Training and Capacity Building — Mobilisation Lab | Self-organizing and Systems Mapping | Scoop.it
How can we come together to build a globally connected, thriving capacity-building ecosystem for modern advocacy and campaigning?
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How systems mapping can help you build a better theory of change

How systems mapping can help you build a better theory of change | Self-organizing and Systems Mapping | Scoop.it
Theories of change (ToCs) have become increasingly prevalent in the development and nonprofit sectors, with many donors now requesting them as requirements to receive funding. A theory of change can…
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Strategy Making: How to Tap the Wisdom of the Crowd

Strategy Making: How to Tap the Wisdom of the Crowd | Self-organizing and Systems Mapping | Scoop.it
Even firms that typically prefer to centralise decisions needn’t miss out on the benefits of opening up their strategy making.
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From the ‘crisis of perception’ to the ‘systems view of life’

From the ‘crisis of perception’ to the ‘systems view of life’ | Self-organizing and Systems Mapping | Scoop.it

After initially training as a zoologist and marine biologist at the University of Edinburgh and the University of California (Santa Cruz), I have spent the last 20 years of my life in search of answers to one extremely complex challenge: How can we create a more sustainable human presence on Earth?


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Dynamics of organizational culture: Individual beliefs vs. social conformity

Dynamics of organizational culture: Individual beliefs vs. social conformity | Self-organizing and Systems Mapping | Scoop.it

The complex nature of organizational culture challenges our ability to infer its underlying dynamics from observational studies. Recent computational studies have adopted a distinctly different view, where plausible mechanisms are proposed to describe a wide range of social phenomena, including the onset and evolution of organizational culture. In this spirit, this work introduces an empirically-grounded, agent-based model which relaxes a set of assumptions that describes past work–(a) omittance of an individual’s strive for achieving cognitive coherence; (b) limited integration of important contextual factors—by utilizing networks of beliefs and incorporating social rank into the dynamics. As a result, we illustrate that: (i) an organization may appear to be increasingly coherent in terms of its organizational culture, yet be composed of individuals with reduced levels of coherence; (ii) the components of social conformity—peer-pressure and social rank—are influential at different aggregation levels.

 

Ellinas C, Allan N, Johansson A (2017) Dynamics of organizational culture: Individual beliefs vs. social conformity. PLoS ONE 12(6): e0180193. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0180193


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History Camp Pioneer Valley to draw history enthusiasts to Holyoke

History Camp Pioneer Valley to draw history enthusiasts to Holyoke | Self-organizing and Systems Mapping | Scoop.it
This will be a gathering of history enthusiasts of all ages for a day of learning and sharing. It is based on a modified "un-conference" model developed by History Camp Boston.

It is a self-organizing conference; people who share a common interest create the framework for the event.

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Never So Relevant: Fritjof Capra on the Earth Charter Initiative | Sustainable Brands

The Earth Charter is an ethical framework for building a just, sustainable and peaceful global society in the 21st century. Given the historical, political and environmental significance of the events of recent weeks, Simon Robinson, co-author of Holonomics: Business Where People and Planet Matter, took the opportunity to discuss the Earth Charter with scientist, educator, activist and author Fritjof Capra, who is one of the Earth Charter Council’s leading members.
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8 Lessons from the Second Annual International Lending Library Symposium

8 Lessons from the Second Annual International Lending Library Symposium | Self-organizing and Systems Mapping | Scoop.it
Imagine a world where you have low-cost access to common, infrequently used products needed for business or pleasure — tools, toys, musical instruments, camping gear… the list is infinite. Imagine an economy that prioritizes sharing high-quality durable goods, wasting less, and encouraging cooperation. Imagine a close-knit community co-creating a sustainable future. That's the world that the pioneers at the Second Annual International Lending Library Symposium are creating.
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Podcast: How Loomio Fosters Collaboration and Participatory Practices

Podcast: How Loomio Fosters Collaboration and Participatory Practices | Self-organizing and Systems Mapping | Scoop.it
Playing for Team Human today, master of human connection and consensus, Loomio co-founder Richard Bartlett.
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Simplifying Complexity or Complexifying Simplicity: The Promise and Perils of Systems Thinking

Simplifying Complexity or Complexifying Simplicity: The Promise and Perils of Systems Thinking | Self-organizing and Systems Mapping | Scoop.it
As we’ve written this week the PCDN team has been fortunate to participate in the 33rd annual Interaction Forum (see our blogs page for a whole series of posts) where we documenting and writing about many of the discussions, innovations, and questions. On the the second day of Forum, I attend a great session on …
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3.5 Making the most of roles: Briefing

3.5 Making the most of roles: Briefing | Self-organizing and Systems Mapping | Scoop.it
​We know that we need roles to keep networks ticking... but knowing how to ensure people are happy contributing to the network is a whole different thing!  This briefing will help you div
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The Pop-Up Employer: Build a Team, Do the Job, Say Goodbye

The Pop-Up Employer: Build a Team, Do the Job, Say Goodbye | Self-organizing and Systems Mapping | Scoop.it
“Flash organizations,” modeled on filmmaking, find their way into fields like software and pharmaceuticals, assembling freelancers and then disbanding.
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Making systems more approachable – In Too Deep

Making systems more approachable – In Too Deep | Self-organizing and Systems Mapping | Scoop.it
As a cofounder of Kumu, I get to see A LOT of system maps. And thanks to the great work of Gene Bellinger, Rob Ricigliano, David Peter Stroh, and countless others — systems mapping appears to be on…
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Zoom Virtual Knowledge Cafés - Knowledge Café

Zoom Virtual Knowledge Cafés - Knowledge Café | Self-organizing and Systems Mapping | Scoop.it
This video of an early experiment with Zoom gives you a good idea as to how it works. Don’t try to watch it all – just browse it a little. Zoom Virtual Knowledge Café How can I put the Knowledge Café to good use? Monday 24 July 2017 15:00 BST “Learn how the Knowledge Café …
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Future of Work: Ways to Prepare

Future of Work: Ways to Prepare | Self-organizing and Systems Mapping | Scoop.it
At #SocialNow conference recently, Luis Suarez shared a slide by Thierry de Baillon on ways to prepare for the dark side of technology. I loved the ideas and decided to sketch the approach. Onc
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Regeneration: A Webinar with Fritjof Capra and Daniel Christian Wahl

Regeneration: A Webinar with Fritjof Capra and Daniel Christian Wahl | Self-organizing and Systems Mapping | Scoop.it
Last year saw one of the most historically symbolic events of recent years - 195 countries signing the Paris Agreement in order to cut back on pollution contributing to climate change. So when on the 1st June of this year President Donald Trump announced that he would pull the US out of the agreement, there…

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Self-Organization and The Origins of Life: The Managed-Metabolism Hypothesis

The managed-metabolism hypothesis suggests that a cooperation barrier must be overcome if self-producing chemical organizations are to transition from non-life to life. This barrier prevents un-managed, self-organizing, autocatalytic networks of molecular species from individuating into complex, cooperative organizations. The barrier arises because molecular species that could otherwise make significant cooperative contributions to the success of an organization will often not be supported within the organization, and because side reactions and other free-riding processes will undermine cooperation. As a result, the barrier seriously limits the possibility space that can be explored by un-managed organizations, impeding individuation, complex functionality and the transition to life. The barrier can be overcome comprehensively by appropriate management which implements a system of evolvable constraints. The constraints support beneficial co-operators and suppress free riders. In this way management can manipulate the chemical processes of an autocatalytic organization, producing novel processes that serve the interests of the organization as a whole and that could not arise and persist spontaneously in an un-managed chemical organization. Management self-organizes because it is able to capture some of the benefits that are produced when its management of an autocatalytic organization promotes beneficial cooperation. Selection therefore favours the emergence of managers that take over and manage chemical organizations so as to overcome the cooperation barrier. The managed-metabolism hypothesis shows that if management is to overcome the cooperation barrier comprehensively, its interventions must be digitally coded. In this way, the hypothesis accounts for the two-tiered structure of all living cells in which a digitally-coded genetic apparatus manages an analogically-informed metabolism.

 

Self-Organization and The Origins of Life: The Managed-Metabolism Hypothesis
John E. Stewart


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The Montana Moms Who Decided Refugees Will Be Welcome in Their City

The Montana Moms Who Decided Refugees Will Be Welcome in Their City | Self-organizing and Systems Mapping | Scoop.it
Even in a conservative and rural state, Mary Poole and her book club felt Missoula was a good place for refugees. So they made it happen.
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Building the Networked City From the Ground Up With Citizens

Building the Networked City From the Ground Up With Citizens | Self-organizing and Systems Mapping | Scoop.it
How can technology lead to more participation in democratic processes? Who should own and control city data? Can cities embrace a model that socializes data and encourages new forms of cooperativism and democratic innovation? In the run-up to the OuiShare Fest Paris, Albert Cañigueral interviewed Francesca Bria, the chief innovation officer of Barcelona.
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Understanding Complexity – Erwin van der Koogh – Medium

Understanding Complexity – Erwin van der Koogh – Medium | Self-organizing and Systems Mapping | Scoop.it
One of the most important things to understand in modern business (and quite possibly life in general) is the concept of complexity. While we use the words complicated and complex almost…
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How to build better remote work relationships – Thriving Remotely – Medium

How to build better remote work relationships – Thriving Remotely – Medium | Self-organizing and Systems Mapping | Scoop.it
Last week I talked about why building relationships is essential for good collaboration. In this post, I want to share a few tips you can use to do that, to build and deepen your remote work…
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A 'Source Pattern Language' For The New Social Narrative Has Just Been Jointly Created and Defined by Prof. Leo Burke, Dr. Carolyn Lee, and Dr. Johan Schotte

A 'Source Pattern Language' For The New Social Narrative Has Just Been Jointly Created and Defined by Prof. Leo Burke, Dr. Carolyn Lee, and Dr. Johan Schotte | Self-organizing and Systems Mapping | Scoop.it
Definition: "The Source Pattern Language is an algorithm whose application finally brings about the global ongoing representative forum in which all living human beings can freely engage in a permanent local and global dialogue to improve their daily lives in the context of the wellbeing of the whole."

The three key benefits of this forum are blockchain-recorded decentralized decision making, self-organizing representation, and complete transparency.

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