Tamsin Woolley-Barker on deep patterns in life

Tamsin Woolley-Barker is an author and evolutionary biologist. She looks for the deep patterns in life. Here is an article1 where Tamsin Woolley-Barke writes: Organizations can’t keep growing the way we structure them today. There’s nothing inherently wrong with hierarchies. In fact, nature uses them all the time—to stop change from happening. … Hierarchies are […]

Living structures are fractal

A fractal exhibits repeating patterns at different scales. What’s interesting is that fractal structures are found everywhere in nature. Examples of such structures are branching trees and blood vessels. Even the largest known structures in the Universe are fractal. The cosmic web, for instance, looks very much like a neural network. Maybe the whole Universe […]

The cosmic web

The distribution of matter in the Universe is not homogeneous, but is distributed in a network of knots and links. The knots are regions where the gravitational forces are higher. These knots are then connect to others through filaments. Researches call these large-scale structures in the Universe the “cosmic web“. Notes: 1 Université de Genève, […]

Bonnitta Roy on an open architecture for self-organization

Bonnitta Roy describes in An Open Architecture for Self-Organization how to “to distribute management responsibilities into self-organizing teams, without losing strategic performance“. She calls this “The Open Participatory Organization“, or OPO for short. The governance of an OPO is CriSP, or “continually regenerating it’s starting position“. This means that the form of the organization “takes […]

Book Review: Team of Teams

Teams of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World by Stanley McChrystal, with Tantum Collins, David Silverman, and Chris Fussell, is a book about the restructuring of the Joint Special Operations Task Force from the ground up. The book is built upon the authors ”personal experiences”, together with their ”reviews” of ”published studies” […]