Monthly Archives: March 2012

The Future of Complexity Engineering

Complexity Engineering encompasses a set of approaches to engineering systems which are typically composed of various interacting entities often exhibiting self-behaviours and emergence. The engineer or designer uses methods that bene tit from the findings of complexity science and often considerably … Continue reading

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Rhizomatic learning – Embracing Uncertainty

@davecormier – This is a home recording of a talk I gave at #edgex2012 detailing rhizomatic learning as a way of embracing uncertainty for the teaching and learning process. View View also: Rhizomatic Learning & Battling the Positivists

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Education as Platform: The MOOC Experience and what we can do to make it better

Stephen Downes – What this talk is about – it’s called “Education as Platform” – is the idea of exploring some of the experiences we’ve had with massive open online learning, and exploring some of the criticisms that we’ve experienced, … Continue reading

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Approaches to supporting young people not in education, employment or training – a review

This literature review is one of four produced under The NFER Research Programme, as part of the From Education to Employment theme. Collectively, they identify strategies for assisting young people at risk of becoming not in education, employment or training … Continue reading

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W.L.Gore: Lessons from a Management Revolutionary

First, we don’t want to operate in a hierarchy, where decisions have to make their way up to the top and then back down. We’re a lattice or a network, not a hierarchy, and associates can go directly to anyone … Continue reading

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The Fabric of Creativity

Gore is a strikingly contradictory company: a place where nerds can be mavericks; a place that’s impatient with the standard way of working, but more than patient with nurturing ideas and giving them time to flourish; a place that’s humble … Continue reading

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Autopoiesis and how hyper-connectivity is literally bringing the networks to life

In the early 1980s chilean biologists Humberto Maturana and Francisco Varela spawned a revolution in the way scientists think about life. They felt that there were fundamental problems in our current understanding of life, and proposed the new concept of … Continue reading

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Resilience: A Literature Review

Resilience has, in the past four decades, been a term increasingly employed throughout a number of sciences: psychology and ecology, most prominently. Increasingly one finds it in political science, business administration, sociology, history, disaster planning, urban planning, and international development. … Continue reading

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Systems Thinking: Ancient Maya’s Evolution of Consciousness and Contemporary Systems Thinking

Systems thinking as a modern approach for problem solving was revived after WWII even though it had been an ancient philosophy. We can track systems thinking back to antiquity. Differentiated from Western rationalist traditions of philosophy, C. West Churchman often … Continue reading

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Swarm Intelligence: Is the Group Really Smarter?

Decentralized problem solving works better on some problems than others. According to an article from SEO Theory, swarms work in situations that involve discovery, testing, and comparing results. Swarm Theory works less effectively for creative processes like innovation, except perhaps … Continue reading

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