Flocking + Schooling

Complex systems often follow simple rules.

Flocking and schooling are examples in nature of vast, networked information systems. It is network theory been played out in real time in the real world, in a way that organizations can only begin to imagine happening.

Don Tapscott has a great video on crow murmurations that speaks to this phenomenon. I wrote about it here.

In this behaviour and communication system, there is no leader or global information; but sets of local rules and interaction. The nodes, and their interconnectivity, drive the behaviour of the network.

Knowing that, in complexity, there is no grand scheme should be a boon to organizational change agents. It means that by moving forward, individually and in teams, great things can happen.

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