Network Development as Leverage for System Change

Curtis Ogden, Interaction Institute for Social Change, Jan 21, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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This is subtitled "How focusing on diversity, flow and structure in human networks can be a foundation for great change." I don't think it's quite that simple, though the item caught my eye because I think of food distribution and learning and the economy as networks. Note, though, that I do not think of them as systems. There's an important distinction. And, I would say, if we want our systems to work, we need to make them less like systems, and more like networks. What's the difference? A system is teleological - it is goal directed. It has a purpose, and typically, it was designed. A network, by contrast, is self-organizing. There is no "dominant narrative". Any organization or direction is emergent from the individual actions of the members of the network. Via Jon Husband.

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