FRACTAL
SOCIAL
ORGANI-
ZATIONS

Vincenzo
De Florio
iMinds-UA-PATS
THE WHOLE 
is more than THE SUM
of ITS PARTS
‘
‘
- ARISTOTLE
NEED A “GLUE”!
MUTUALISTIC EXCHANGE
Part
 Whole
Bee
 Beehive
Man
Slaving
Factory
you can’t treat a COMPLEX SYSTEM
as if it were a COG
P2P,
CONTEXT-DRIVEN,
ACTIVE PARTICIPATION
Factory
Man
Part
 Part
I’d like
to walk
w/
someo
ne!
I’d like
to chat
w/
someo
ne!
Broker
CHAT ~
WALK
Semantic
Broker
Part
 Part
SELF-SERVE
MUTUAL ASSISTANCE:
WIN-WIN
Photosynthesis Respiration
Part
 Part
O2
CO2
“NATURAL” STRATEGY!
Part
 Part
CO2
O2
AN ECOSYSTEM!
A hierarchy of WHOLEs
emerges
– each GREATER
than the SUM 
of its PARTS
FRACTAL SOCIAL
ORGANIZATION
001122222222
A hierarchy of WHOLEs
emerges
– each GREATER
than the SUM 
of its PARTS
012222222
001122222222
FRACTAL!
THE WHOLE 
CAN BE(E) more than THE SUM
of ITS PARTS
‘
‘
IF THE ORGANIZATION
PLAYS A CLEVER... PART!
Fractal Social Organizations – Models and Concepts for Socio-technical Systems and Organizations
Fractal Social Organizations – Models and Concepts for Socio-technical Systems and Organizations
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A SuperMinds 2014 Talk by Vincenzo De Florio (iMinds - PATS – UAntwerpen).

Often we experience how traditional organizations are ineffective and unable to scale well to the sizes of our new “big world”. Novel and “smarter” organizations must be experimented in order to get rid of structural “lock-ins” and achieve greater scalability, robustness, manageability, and evolvability. Fractal Social Organizations are a model that, we hypothesize, may capture and conquer the hidden and fractal structure of human social organizations. Here we present our model and discuss its potential benefits.

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Fractal Social Organizations – Models and Concepts for Socio-technical Systems and Organizations

  1. 1. FRACTAL SOCIAL ORGANI- ZATIONS Vincenzo De Florio iMinds-UA-PATS
  2. 2. THE WHOLE is more than THE SUM of ITS PARTS ‘ ‘ - ARISTOTLE
  3. 3. NEED A “GLUE”!
  4. 4. MUTUALISTIC EXCHANGE Part Whole
  5. 5. Bee Beehive
  6. 6. Man Slaving Factory
  7. 7. you can’t treat a COMPLEX SYSTEM as if it were a COG
  8. 8. P2P, CONTEXT-DRIVEN, ACTIVE PARTICIPATION
  9. 9. Factory Man
  10. 10. Part Part I’d like to walk w/ someo ne! I’d like to chat w/ someo ne! Broker CHAT ~ WALK Semantic Broker
  11. 11. Part Part SELF-SERVE MUTUAL ASSISTANCE: WIN-WIN
  12. 12. Photosynthesis Respiration Part Part O2 CO2 “NATURAL” STRATEGY!
  13. 13. Part Part CO2 O2 AN ECOSYSTEM!
  14. 14. A hierarchy of WHOLEs emerges – each GREATER than the SUM of its PARTS
  15. 15. FRACTAL SOCIAL ORGANIZATION 001122222222 A hierarchy of WHOLEs emerges – each GREATER than the SUM of its PARTS
  16. 16. 012222222 001122222222
  17. 17. FRACTAL!
  18. 18. THE WHOLE CAN BE(E) more than THE SUM of ITS PARTS ‘ ‘ IF THE ORGANIZATION PLAYS A CLEVER... PART!

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