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; lagosoccupy movementTeddy; and many others… some in here: living spaces; some here: city ness; our vision: city sketchup, ..  .. …


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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

small world network


i don’t believe in training people to do things. liberate them & they train themselves. help them analyze what’s already in them.  – Myles Horton (via Carol)

The formula for overturning the world, we didn’t seek it in books, but in wandering. – Guy Debord (via Mary Ann)


via Jordan share:

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This is just part of the process we call “self-organizing.”


It is a natural human process, a result of which, we fall into ourroles. In other words, roles are the individual identities we assume — the roles we will play — in the organized interactions that we enter into in order to distribute the energy load required to fulfill our individual values (needs). Roles in turn, define the set of objectives that the individual must perform in the action that has been organized to distribute the energy load. People organize themselves to take up a role as part of this performance-action; but their own reasons for doing so are driven by complex value-streams that are in the process of continuous negotiation. The success of the organized performance depends upon fulfilling individual roles, which in turn depend upon maintaining sufficient relational stability or sustaining a threshold degree of coherence in the complex responsive processes operating at the level of the value-streams.


The challenge in self-organizing processes, is that ..

we are not used to letting go ..

..of old identities and shape-shifting into new ones. We are uncomfortable in the phases of transition, where identities are not yet fixed, or fixed identities are being challenged in the process of negotiation. This is why..

we are so obsessed with fixed roles..

..which represent past conditions and contexts, while remaining unresponsive to present or future conditions and contexts that otherwise might creatively emerge from the many local interactions between people in organizations.

perpetual beta ness.. stuck to labels.. to the death of us.. perpetuate\ing not us ness via broken feedback loop

Some people believe this anxiety around identity and role-play is a permanent aspect of our human condition. ..I believe ..we have lived our entire lives inside institutions where role-identities represent authoritarian and disciplinary power over us. In other words, institutional roles represent the structural violence that operates within them. 


These structures would allow for the emergence, through self-organization, of the full spectrum of roles and identities that humans would want to perform while being together.


Trust is all about allowing what is most real, what is actually happening, what is actually the case, rather than what should be or is expected or demanded to be — 

trust is crucial to this… ni ness… but a trust most of aren’t contemplating.. 100% trust. otherwise.. it’s not trust.. just judgment. w/o 100%.. we don’t dance.



networked individuaism graphic


how to be us.. ?


self org in syria

Leila Al-Shami (@LeilaShami) tweeted at 9:08 PM – 10 Jan 2017 :

excellent article on people’s self-management of cultural heritage sites in liberated areas and implications (

Reclamation and autonomy in territories across Syria where revolutionary self-determination is still present, active and hopeful against all odds. These are the stories that the forces of the status quo are so terribly afraid of.


in our own self interest to echo and preserve such stories of social experimentation, liberation and self organization that are still taking place across Syria and many other awakened communities across the Middle East and the broader Global South.