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Multiple Scales In Social Systems

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  • Good catch. Will change in a new version. The negative sentiments refer to both groups.
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  • Ya Bas, thanks as it makes sense.
    Please note that slide 6 should be corrected'some groups our...). You meane 'some groups are'
    Also, on Slide 7 The Negative Sentiments do they refer to both Compliant and Deviant Groups, or just the Deviant Group? In the latter case, may be you want to move the Negative Sentiment to better its relevance to that group only.
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  • Thank you Ali for your kind words. Tunnel focus should perhaps be tunnel vision. You only have eye for one thing, single mindedness. Blind for other alternatives etc. Hope that makes sense.
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  • Bas, again you did it. Actually, you did it better than the previous one. Visualizing forces acting in parallel or opposing directions is perfectly done. The split of minor groups and building critical mass to oppose the dominant group is expressed neatly. What caught my eye is the term tunnel focus on slide 9. I wish you would comment on this focus.
    Bas, congratulations for you have written a five star presentation
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Multiple Scales In Social Systems

  1. 1. MultipleScales In SocialSystems BasDeBaar.com
  2. 2. How multiple social systems influence each other. Large and small groups exists. Society. Countries. Organizations. Teams. Our decisions about our identity make or break groups. But dominant associations in society influence our choices.If a lot of people make the same choice, it influences society. Social groups adapt using identity. This is not only dependent on our current sentiments. This is also dependent on other scales of the social system.
  3. 3. Acknowledgements This presentation is the sequel to my presentation:The Adaptive Cycle In Social Systems I encourage you to read it first. The concept of adaptive cycles on multiple scales in systems is called Panarchy and developed by C.S. Holling. For more information, visit Resilience Alliance website.
  4. 4. Multiple scales Society Organization Individual Social systems exists on multiple scales. Society, organizations, countries, teams. Large and small.The individual is smallest element of a system.
  5. 5. Adaptive cycles on multiple scales Society Organization Individual On all scales social systems have adaptive cycles. Lower scales are faster than higher scales. Even an individual has a cycle in his search for identity.
  6. 6. Summary previous presentation:How groups adapt using identity Bill Wine Aficionado George Some groups our more resilient then others.Some groups become large and dominant, while others stay small. For a while. We associate ourselves with groups. Our collection of associations is our identity. Our decisions about our identity make or break groups. This is largely dependent on our current sentiments.
  7. 7. Groups - adaptive cycle Positive sentiments Negative sentiments CheeseHomogeneous Aficionado groups Wine Aficionado Compliant groups Open and Wine Aficionado Beer Closed and collapsing balanced Aficionado Diverse groups Wine Beer Beer Deviant groups Aficionado Aficionado Open and Aficionado Closed, small, multiple attracting Summary previous presentation.
  8. 8. Smallest element Individual The individual is smallest element of a system.It has also an adaptive cycle in respect to associations. The cycle of the mind.
  9. 9. Individual Positive sentiments Negative sentiments Cheese Constructive Aficionado focus and Wine Aficionado Tunnel focusemphasis on one Wine Aficionado on single identity Beeraspect of identity Aficionado Consideringmultiple options Wine Beer Identity crisis after BeerCurious about Aficionado Aficionado Aficionado breakdown or “self ” disappointment Search for identity
  10. 10. Interconnectedness Society Organization Individual The scales are interconnected.What happens on one scale can influence another scale.
  11. 11. Interconnectedness“Finer scales can enhance resilience of the focal system when they are allowed to change so that innovationand novelty can be introduced, in a controlled way, into the focal system. They can reduce the resilience of the focal system if they are tightly linked, such that disturbances rapidly spread from one fine-scale component to the next.” (focal system is the system you are looking at) from “Assessing and managing resilience in social-ecological systems: Volume 2 supplementary notes to the practitioners workbook” by Resilience Alliance.
  12. 12. Remembering Society Organization IndividualThe higher level is “homogeneous” or “compliant” (one dominant association). This influences a lower level in “diversity”. The dominant association the lower level “chooses” is determined by the dominant on the higher level.
  13. 13. Remembering - illustration In search for a political view?The dominant view in your social surroundings influences your choice.
  14. 14. Revolt Society Organization Individual On a lower level new associations become dominant. When this happens fast, often and in larger amountsthe dominant association on higher level is challenged / eroded.
  15. 15. Revolt - illustration Critical mass. Minority views spread fast. When enough people hold this new anddifferent view, it challenges the dominant view on the higher scale.
  16. 16. How multiple social systems influence each other. Large and small groups exists. Society. Countries. Organizations. Teams. Our decisions about our identity make or break groups. But dominant associations in society influence our choices.If a lot of people make the same choice, it influences society. Social groups adapt using identity. This is not only dependent on our current sentiments. This is also dependent on other scales of the social system.
  17. 17. Thanks to dr Ali Anani for our extensive discussions. Thanks to Resilience Alliance forproviding the Panarchy concept on their website. BasDeBaar.com

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