Category Archives: Stigmergy

Stigmergic Epistemology, Stigmergic Cognition

To know is to cognize, to cognize is to be a culturally bounded, rationality-bounded and environmentally located agent. Knowledge and cognition are thus dual aspects of human sociality. If social epistemology has the formation, acquisition, mediation, transmission and dissemination of … Continue reading

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Coordination of Cooperative Work through Artifacts and the Practice of Stigmergy

Researchers in the field of Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) have increasingly come to realize that artifacts play an important role in the coordination of cooperative work. This master thesis is an attempt to make an inquiry into the nature … Continue reading

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Stigmergic Self-organization and the Improvisation of Ushahidi

There has been considerable investigation into the nature, effectiveness and performance of virtual organizations, virtual teams and virtual collaboration based on the affordances of  information and communications technology (ICT). The recent emergence of location-based social network technologies has resulted in … Continue reading

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Why is Open Access Development so Successful? – Stigmergic organization and the economics of information

The  explosive  development  of    “free”  or  “open  source”  information goods  contravenes  the  conventional  wisdom  that  markets  and  commercial organizations are necessary  to efficiently supply products. This paper proposes  a theoretical explanation for this phenomenon, using concepts from economics and theories  … Continue reading

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Stigmergy in Human Practice: Coordination in Complex Work

Stigmergy is a concept of coordination that may be employed to analyse human practice in complex work settings such as the building process. However, the concept of stigmergy was not originally developed in order to describe human practice, rather it … Continue reading

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Stigmergic dimensions of Online Creative Interaction

This paper examines the stigmergic dimensions of online interactive creativity through the lens of Picbreeder. Picbreeder is a web-based system for collaborative interactive evolution of images. The Picbreeder applet starts by randomly generating several images, which are then mated and … Continue reading

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Getting Things Done – The Science behind Stress-Free Productivity

Allen (2001) proposed the “Getting Things Done” (GTD) method for personal productivity enhancement, and reduction of the stress caused by information overload. This paper argues that recent insights in psychology and cognitive science support and extend GTD’s recommendations. We first … Continue reading

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Accelerating Socio-Technological Evolution – from Ephemeralization and Stigmergy to the Global Brain

Evolution is presented as a trial-and-error process that produces a progressive accumulation of knowledge. At the level of technology, this leads to ephemeralization, i.e. ever increasing productivity, or decreasing of the friction that normally dissipates resources. As a result, flows … Continue reading

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Biomimetics in Modern Organizations

Biomimetics, the art and science of imitating nature and life for technological solutions is discussed from a modern organization theory perspective. The main hypothesis of this article is that there are common laws in nature that are applicable to living, … Continue reading

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