Self-organization is the evolutionary principle of nature and of the entire universe.

It’s a process where some form of overall order arises from local interaction between parts of a system. The process is spontaneous, not needing control by any external agent. The resulting organization is wholly decentralized and distributed over all the components of the system.

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Evolution is the gradual development of something from a simple to a more complex form.

  1. Differentiation - Evolution starts with reproduction or replication of an organism. At Evolution at Work, we call this, “differentiation.” The process of differentiation is an evolutionary process that is not planned and controlled by individuals.

  2. Variation - Evolution relies on there being genetic variation in a population which affects the physical characteristics of an organism.

  3. Selection - - Beneficial mutations accumulate and the result is an entirely different organism.


The context of self-organization is complexity

In order for self-organization to be viable, the context must have both a high degree of variety and a low degree of certainty. This is why self-organization works so well within nature where there are so many variations that certainty and control are irrevelvant.

The context of the new world of work is complexity

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In order for organizations to be viable in the new world of work, they must adapt to a way of working that is suitable for complexity.

Old / rational vs. self-organizaing

way we organize and work together wcontext must have both a high degree of variety and a low degree of certainty. This is why self-organization works so well within nature where there are so many variations that certainty and control irrevelvant.

How does this effect the way we work?

The rational organization in the sense of establishing efficient organizational structures by certain organizers,


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