Category Archives: Social

Three Competing Societal and Economic Models in the Age of Peer Production

Three Models of Value Creation, Redistribution and Economic Development. This is written as a framework for the FLOKSociety.org project in Ecuador, to frame a transition to a open commons knowledge-based society. It will be continously improved around the following structure: … Continue reading

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A New Kind of Economy is Born – Social Decision-Makers (Homo Socialis) Beat the “Homo Economicus”

The Internet and Social Media change our way of decision-making. We are no longer the independent decision makers we used to be. Instead, we have become networked minds, social decision-makers, more than ever before. This has several fundamental implications. First … Continue reading

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The Social Ecology of Resilience: A Handbook of Theory and Practice

More than two decades after Michael Rutter published his summary of protective processes associated with resilience, researchers continue to report definitional ambiguity in how to define and operationalize positive development under adversity. The problem has been partially the result of … Continue reading

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Cohesion – The Making of Society

Why are complex systems able to form stable structures at all? Why are there companies, states and societies in such diverse forms? In particular we will attempt to understand what makes any culture, or organisation stable, and whether it is … Continue reading

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Social Information and Self -Organisation

The  re-creation  of  society  involves  the  bottom-up-emergence  of  social information  and the  top-down-emergence  of  individual information.  Social  self-organisation  in  a  broad sense  refers  to  the  re-creation of  society,  in a narrower  sense  it takes  aspects  of  participation  in  the processes … Continue reading

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Counties with thriving locally-owned small businesses have healthier residents

Counties and parishes with a greater concentration of small, locally-owned businesses have healthier populations — with lower rates of mortality, obesity and diabetes — than do those that rely on large companies with “absentee” owners, according to a national study … Continue reading

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Emergence of social cohesion in a model society of greedy, mobile individuals

Read Human wellbeing in modern societies relies on social cohesion, which can be characterized by high levels of cooperation and a large number of social ties. Both features, however, are frequently challenged by individual self-interest. In fact, the stability of … Continue reading

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