self organizing


self organizing graphic

[when i think of self-organizing i can’t help but think of self-directing. and my mind often goes to the visuals/work/art that Iwaan Baan shares – like the ones above – and the ones on the self-directed page. both being/becoming/emerging the same dance/fractal. it’s like the element of unique (thumbprint) from self-directed ness keeps the self-organizing from slipping to the center of sameness/status-quo/invented vs invited. and the bumping up against, the rubbing shoulders with, the colliding, of the self-organizing, keeps the self-directed ness awake/alive to its authenticity/possibility/curiosity.]


plague of sameness

quote from Iwan‘s ted – high recommend..

other examples.. spaces/places like seen in Iwan’s talk: MadridCubaRojavaIkariarebel architectureoccupy sandy – via Adam; occupy movementTeddy; and many others… some in here: living spaces; some here: city ness; our vision: city sketchup, ..  .. …


wikipedia small

Self-organization is a process where some form of global order or coordination arises out of the local interactions between the components of an initially disordered system. This process is spontaneous: it is not directed or controlled by any agent or subsystem inside or outside of the system; however, the laws followed by the process and its initial conditions may have been chosen or caused by an agent. It is often triggered by random fluctuations that are amplified by positive feedback. The resulting organization is wholly decentralized or distributed over all the components of the system. As such it is typically very robust and able to survive and self-repair substantial damage or perturbations. In chaos theory it is discussed in terms of islands of predictability in a sea of chaotic unpredictability.

Self-organization occurs in a variety of physical, chemical, biological, social and cognitive systems. Common examples are crystallization, the emergence of convection patterns in a liquid heated from below, chemical oscillators, swarming in groups of animals, and the way neural networks learn to recognize complex patterns.

seen in Iwaan Baan‘s work/art ..

Only certain kinds of networks are self-organizing. These are known as small-world networks, or scale-free networks. These emerge from bottom-up interactions, and appear to be limitless in size.

it’s as if the .. self-directed individual/family gets its self-directedness ginormously small until it’s dancing fluently random, chaotic/chaordic, with the entire system..

[self-directed in the sense of each person/atom… is guided by their own curiosity rather than some extrinsic motivator.. at least if we’re seeking an ultimate.. ongoingly sustained system.. ecosystem. the direction being via whimsy rather than plan, a listening to your gut, self-reflection, mind wandering ness..]

bot ist art ist entire cleanerest

structure or whimsy

the emergence happens during this zoom dance. causing both – the individual self-directedness – and the self-organzing system (and which is which really?) to be ongoingly in perpetual beta..ness… embracing uncertainty.


key components:

1. listening – quiet enough to hear yourself. quiet enough to hear those around you.

2. no agenda – emergence based listening/dancing in space of permission w/nothing to prove.. ie: free dom

3. dance – chaordic synchronicity from size of iterations getting every smaller and frequency of iterations getting every larger, all in both fast and slow motion..


talk at newcastle in 2010 (excellent overview of 12 years of Sugata‘s research):

sugata in 2010
31 min – the learners had invented their own pedagogy…
32 min – when learners have interest – education happens..

58 min –

curriculum:  1. reading comprehension 2. info/search analysis  3. rational belief

self-organising systems: where the system structure appears without explicit intervention from outside the system

everything is self-organizing system..

inside one – no need of outside intervention, w/o it , will produce emergence – the appearance of a property not previously observed as a functional characteristic of the function, it’s not supposed to happen, but it happens.

education is self-organizing system.. where learning is the emergence phenomenon


An additional, and major, problem is that convergence strategies aren’t effective at adapting to new situations that require unexpectedly different behaviours (that is to say, they’re not good at improvisation).

On the contrary, the brain lacks any sort of static, centralised structure. “Unity of mind” is constituted through instances of grand-scale synchronization, whereupon different neuronal areas act transiently in coordination. These instances of synchronization have a limited lifespan so the brain doesn’t get stuck in a specific sync-mode.


We believe it’s only a matter time until society organizes to dismantle the electoral space. There are, in fact, various initiatives underway with this purpose in mind.  We predict that only those who have understood the logic of distributed, networked processes of self-organisation and participation will succeed.


Francis Heylighen


swarm intelligence

99 and 1

listen & clap ness



networked individuaism graphic


how to be us.. ?


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