The IO: I-nvolving Organisations LO29715

From: Jan Lelie (
Date: 12/18/02

Dear readers,

I've been reading the Dutch version of:

were Yves Decadt tries to explain how attractors, energy, information,
organization and uncertainty are loosely coupled into a tight network of
mutual interdependence shaping our universe. Based on Charles (!)
Sanders Peirce's observation "nature has a tendency to create habits" he
developed his notion of "average evolution". This is not the best of all
worlds, not the worst but about average. We "are" on an average position
between (minimal coherence, maximal spreading) and (maximal coherence,
minimal spreading) - a kind of bell shape between a gas or plasma (almost
everywhere were you look and see) and the rigorous framework of a diamond
(hard to find).

Organizing evolves around energy/matter and information. Where the former
can be seen as a (basic) form (!) of information too. We can not escape
the notion that organizations organize information too. An organization is
the habitual form in which human beings organize information at this stage
of evolution. The classical organization resembles a pyramid. Survival of
the first. But this web, the internet also organizes information.. The
difference in position might be that the web-organisation has less
coherence and a large spread while a classical organization tries to
maintain a maximal coherence and a minimal spread (the CEO embodies the
organization). The web has no central structure and is self organizing -
as can be seen in the recent development of personal web-logs (blogs).
Yet, the web couldn't have evolved without the (large) multinational
corporation. And the large multi-national corporation cannot survive
without the internet. Figure and ground have become tightly interwoven. In
my opinion, the LO, Learning Organization, might be the latest (the last
?) step in the development of (classical) organizations. The LO-concepts
try to merge different ideas and trends and notions on organizations
without loosing the coherence and spread of the classical organization.
Perhaps that is one reason (another one being our culture that puts the
archetype of rebirth central) why we're awaiting the next emergence.

What is the next step? I do not know. The next step might be an ensemble,
an amalgams, a network of large and small nodes that evolve information
and its context interactively, the i-volving organization were everybody
is I-nvolved. Just a thought.

Happy holidays and best whishes for 2003,

Jan Lelie


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