by Umair Haque | 3:08 PM October 4, 2011 Across the globe, protests are rippling out like vectors in an epidemic. I believe that we're witnessing the rise of a global Metamovement. The Metamovement is a movement of movements. Not all these movements are similar, and no two are exactly like.
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* Book: Anarchy as Order: The History and Future of Civic Humanity.
A theory that explains the evolution of ecosystems may apply to civilizations as well-and it says we're approaching a critical phase. [Editor's note: The following article is adapted from The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity, and the Renewal of Civilization, by Thomas Homer-Dixon (copyright © Resource & Conflict Analysis, Inc.) and printed by permission of Island Press, Washington, D.C. (www.islandpress.org).] Buzz Holling, one of the world's great ecologists, is a kind and gracious man, with a shock of white hair and a warm smile. Born in Toronto and educated at the University of Toronto and the University of British Columbia, he worked for many years as a research scientist for the government of Canada, where he pioneered the study of budworm infestations in the great spruce forests of New Brunswick.
See below to download Chapter 1 of the book "Panarchy: Understanding transformations in Human and Natural Systems". The purpose for writing the book "Panarchy" was to develop an integrative theory to help us understand the source and role of change in systems- particularly kinds of changes that are transforming and take place in systems that are adaptive. Such changes comprise economic, ecological, and social systems, and they are evolutionary. They concern rapidly unfolding processes and slowly changing ones; gradual change and episodic change; and they take place and interact at many scales from local to global.
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The discussion of panarchy herein will be embryonic in nature. I will begin with the complete shape, but only in the simplest of forms. As I add more material, the overall structure will become more developed and clarified, but all of the essentials will have been laid out in the beginning. Panarchy is a transdisciplinary investigation into the political and cultural philosophy of "network culture." The primary fields of relevance for panarchy are world politics (international relations), political philosophy/theory, and information technology. Panarchy also draws on insights from information/communications theory, economics, sociology, networks, and complex systems.
I am always on the lookout for good graphics and diagrams for my lectures on complexity and adaptive change. I often use the Panarchy cycle, which is a useful theoretical model for explaining how complex adaptive systems change over time. The image above is from Garry Peterson ‘s excellent page describing Panarchy and the Adaptive Cycle at McGill University.
Panarchy is a conceptual term first coined by the Belgian philosopher , economist , and botanist Paul Emile de Puydt in 1860, referring to a specific form of governance ( -archy ) that would encompass ( pan- ) all others. [ 1 ] The Oxford English Dictionary lists the noun as "chiefly poetic" with the meaning "a universal realm," citing a 1848 attestation by Philip James Bailey , "the starry panarchy of space". The adjective panarchic "all-ruling" has earlier attestations. [ 2 ] In the twentieth century the term was re-coined separately by scholars in international relations to describe the notion of global governance and then by systems theorists to describe non-hierarchical organizing theories. [ edit ] Freely choosing government
Diverse lot to add to the collection this time – from the very simple (how did I miss the balance images so far?)