Wednesday, July 12, 2006

The intriguing intersection between complexity and networks: killer hens or cooperative cluckers?


One of the most exciting frontiers of this decade is the place where Social Network Analysis and Complexity Science are cross fertilizing. That's where we Network Weaving bloggers love to hang out!

Valdis just sent an email pointing to the proceeddings from the 6th International Conference on Complexity. Check it out--especially David Sloan Wilson's conversation about group evolution. Turns out that if you only breed the most productive chicken, you end up with a henhouse of agressive killers. You have much better success if you select all the hens in the most productive henhouse to breed. In this case, you're selecting for the cooperative skills of the entire group. Believe me, undergirding this kind of cooperation is a Smart Network!

If you are interested in the intersection of complexity and networks, you might want to consider joining the Plexus Institute -- only $100 a year to stay in touch with the latest research and practice in the field. An action group is organizing a series of events during the coming year to encourage the continued exploration of networks and complexity. If you are interested in becoming involved, just let us know!

2 comments:

carolcoren said...

Hi June...Carol Coren out in OR here to tell you that I see this construct for what you do as very, very interesting. I have always viewed myself as a spoon among people and causes inasmuch as I stir things up and do so to help others achieve their goals, visions, dreams.

June said...

Carol, great to hear from you!! Tell us what you are stirring up!