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Self-organizing a strange attractor

Nelson, Harold (2014) Self-organizing a strange attractor. In: Proceedings of RSD3, Third Symposium of Relating Systems Thinking to Design, 15-17 Oct 2014, Oslo, Norway.


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Systems are complex, designing is complex. Systemic designing is even more complex. Complexity is not a negative condition. In fact it is a necessary thing if the full richness and potential of anything is to be realized. Giving order and form to systemic design is analogue to self-organizing a strange attractor[1]. Forcing form onto the complex milieu of systemic designing doesn’t work. Forms that work in other contexts—e.g. art, science, and the humanities—are ill fitted when pulled over systemic designing. A more tailored form will take shape through a process of self-organization—a type of dialogue that gives order and form to complex things.

In this Keynote I will talk about a few of the habits of thought that hinder the initiation and flow of this self-organizing dialogue and will propose some new habits that would support it. I will give examples from the keynotes, conversations and presentation from the Symposium that are supportive of self-organizing[2] behavior.

[1] An attractor is a set of properties toward which a system tends to evolve, regardless of the initial conditions of the system.

[2]Self-organization is a process where some form of global order or coordination arises out of the local interactions between diverse components of an inchoate system.

Item Type: Conference/Workshop Item (Keynote)
Divisions: Faculty of Design
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2017 18:06
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2021 18:17
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/2057

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