Stigmergy is a mechanism of indirect coordination, through the environment, 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.
Since the first browser was created by Sir Tim Berners-Lee over 25 years ago, the World Wide Web has grown to become a massive ecosystem of information that has democratized access to knowledge and culture on the Internet. But today, the Web is under threat.
Just days after it became clear that Bernie Sanders will almost definitely not win the Democratic nomination, former senior advisor to the Sanders campaign Zack Exley appeared on the Personal Democracy Forum stage to share lessons learned over the past year, or “how we can again unleash the power of the many.” His talk focused …
*NEW*: This is the new version 4.1 of the Holacracy Constitution. The rules are mostly the same as in version 4.0, except for some “bug fixes” and minor enhancements. More importantly, the language has been vastly simplified to use ‘natural language’ instead of legal language. Read the release announcement. A printed desk reference of this new version …
In this extraordinary 5-hour discussion, Frederic Laloux and Ken Wilber take an extensive tour through Frederic’s groundbreaking new book, Reinventing Organizations, which offers an in-depth look at many integrally-structured organizations that are beginning to emerge all across the planet, while outlining three major breakthroughs shared by these organizations: self-management, striving for wholeness, and listening to evolutionary purpose.
With the rise of Wikipedia as a first-stop source for scientific knowledge, it is important to compare its representation of that knowledge to that of the academic literature. Here we identify the 250 most heavily used journals in each of 26 research fields (4,721 journals, 19.4M articles in total) indexed by the Scopus database, and test whether topic, academic status, and accessibility make articles from these journals more or less likely to be referenced on Wikipedia. We find that a journal's academic status (impact factor) and accessibility (open access policy) both strongly increase the probability of it being referenced on Wikipedia. Controlling for field and impact factor, the odds that an open access journal is referenced on the English Wikipedia are 47% higher compared to paywall journals. One of the implications of this study is that a major consequence of open access policies is to significantly amplify the diffusion of science, through an intermediary like Wikipedia, to a broad audience.
Amplifying the Impact of Open Access: Wikipedia and the Diffusion of Science Misha Teplitskiy, Grace Lu, Eamon Duede
Many people cheat on taxes—no mystery there. But many people don’t, even if they wouldn’t be caught—now, that’s weird. Or is it? Psychologists are deeply perplexed by human moral behavior, because it often doesn’t seem to make any logical sense. You might think that we should just be grateful for it. But if we could understand these seemingly irrational acts, perhaps we could encourage more of them.
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