Network Development as Leverage for System Change

Curtis Ogden, Interaction Institute for Social Change, Jan 21, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

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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