Reference #346: Thinking in Systems


Self-organisation is often sacrificed for short-term productivity or stability, such as when humans are treated solely as hands (not heads) for enabling production.

This property of a system produces heterogeneity and unpredictability, which requires conditions of freedom, experimentation, and some disorder. As these conditions threaten existing power structures, education systems, economic policies, and governments, some groups may seek to limit self-organising conditions. Yet while self-organisation can be suppressed, since it is a basic property of living systems it can not be entirely extinguished.

Meadows. Thinking in Systems, 2008. (79-80)

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