I do like the correction of assumption in here. Throughout history those few lucky ones up top justify their imposition of rule with the mantra that the only alternative to control is the damnation of chaos. It would appear that there is another way, somewhere ambiguously in between. It turns out that the self-organising grey, is more sophisticated than the black or the white.
Many people say that open source software developers have the most efficient ecosystems for learning that have ever existed. What is it, then, that is so special about the way developers do things? Is there something that could act as a model for the future of work, or the future of education?
What takes place in open source projects is typically not the result of choices made by a few (powerful) people that others blindly implement. Instead, what emerges is the consequence of the choices of all involved in the whole interconnected network, “the connective“, as Stowe Boyd puts it. What happens does not follow exactly a plan or a design, what happens emerges. It is about the hard to understand process of self-organization.
We still don’t quite understand what emergence and self-organization mean. The problem is that we believe that the unit of work is the independent…
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