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Feedback Loops and Knowledge Gardens


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Notes for the Sage Bionetworks Commons Congress, April, 2013, San Francisco

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Feedback Loops and Knowledge Gardens

  1. 1. Feedback Loops and Knowledge GardensA Case for Improved Socio-technical InfrastructuresJack ParkSage Bionetworks Commons CongressSan Francisco, 19-20 April 2013 CC-By
  2. 2. Complex Systems Shared Stories Collaboration in the Garden From the perspective of complexity theory, emergence arises from complex systems that create new properties from “autonomous unities coming together into larger, more powerful unities”* The emergence we seek is that of insight into the nature of and * [2] solutions to complex problems
  3. 3. Great Law of the Iroquois"In every deliberation, we must consider theimpact on the seventh generation...” 3
  4. 4. Upon this gifted age, in its dark hour,Rains from the sky a meteoric showerOf facts . . . they lie unquestioned,uncombined.Wisdom enough to leech us of our illIs daily spun; but there exists no loomTo weave it into fabric – Edna St. Vincent Millay
  5. 5. A Strategy
  6. 6. Learning, Improving Requires FeedbackTowards a cultivated ecosystem… Structured but emergent networks of claims and arguments ordered gardens ordered gardens Informally expressed wild borders claims and arguments, wild borders awaiting ‘proper linkage’ Source: Simon Buckingham Shum
  7. 7. Triple Learning Loop [1], Page 23
  8. 8. Completed Representation Compromised Host Appropriate ForBacterial Infection Contraindicates Antioxidants Because macrophages use antioxidants free radicals to kill Let us co-create solutions kill bacteria free radicals to cancer
  9. 9. References• [1] FEDERAL HEALTH FUTURES SUMMIT LEADERSHIP LEARNING for TRANSFORMATIONAL CHANGE. September 10-11, 2012 Washington DC Metro Region• [2] Olen Gunnlaugson (2011). A Complexity Perspective on Presencing. Complicity, Vol 9, No 1 (2012). Online at: http://ejournals.library.
  10. 10. About MeBuilt airplane Undergrad study: aero eng. Built windmills/Solar homes Built wind/solar sensors AI to analyze data Collective intelligence Knowledge gardens Life in a Waterfall