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 […]

Japanese aesthetic ideals

Aesthetics in Japan is seen as an integral part of daily life and include ancient ideals like: Yūgen (幽玄), an awareness of the Universe that triggers emotional responses too deep and powerful for words; 1 Wabi, transient and stark beauty; Sabi, the beauty of natural aging. In Zen philosophy there are seven principles for achieving […]

Christopher Alexander on living structure

Here is a presentation on Patterns in Architecture by Christopher Alexander at the 1996 ACM Conference on Object-Oriented Programs, Systems, Languages and Applications (OOPSLA). And here is a full transcript of this talk. Christopher Alexander says that there is something we objectively can call ‘living structure.’ We know it when we are in its presence. […]