For all the Techno-heads. Via BusinessInsider.com, DK Matai – 2011: Self-Assembling Dynamic Networks And Boundary-less Tribalism:
“Self-assembling dynamic networks” is one phrase we should all memorise to prepare ourselves and to understand 2011. This phrase encapsulates the defining aspect of both the year ahead and the years to come, as we embark on the second decade of the 21st century.
Whether we act as individuals, families, communities, businesses, government departments or organizations, there can be no question that we have to listen, learn and adapt according to the massive paradigm shift created by self-assembling dynamic networks and their by-product: boundary-less tribalism.
From the same source – Tunisia; A Digitally-Driven, Leaderless Revolution:
24/7 Digital Incubators and Catalysts
- Self-organising communication systems facilitate self-assembling dynamic networks without the need for individual leaders;
- Mobile telephones communicate global news, immediate local news, peer-to-peer text messages, multimedia video, voice and images;
- Protesters use Blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Wikileaks documents, YouTube and other digital tools to organise, mobilise and report;
- Facebook and Twitter mean that a mass of information and intelligence, not always reliable, is integrated about events even in remote parts of the country;
- Web-based e-mail and 24/7 local and international news;
- Flat screen multi-channel worldwide television gives 24/7 live coverage of events; and
- Information and intelligence picked up inside and outside a country may readily intertwine with events in neighbouring countries or elsewhere.
Commenting on the above, former US Navy pilot, John Robb at Global Guerrillas blog – Tunisia and Open Source Revolt:
…the conditions within which the revolt spread are becoming pretty common. Here they are:
- Extreme price shocks in basic commodities. Food and energy.
- Extreme corruption. A globally connected elite appropriating everything.
- Extreme connectivity. Cell phones and other social media.
Given that the global system is highly unstable (extreme leverage, concentration, tight coupling, etc.) and operating without a control system (hollow nation-states, transactional morality, etc.) that can mitigate excesses, we will see many more situations like this in the future…
What is there on the other side of the balance?
Perhaps something like Seán Ó Ríain‘s – The Politics of High Tech Growth: Developmental Network States in the Global Economy:
The emergence of the strategy of ‘network development’, built around the fostering of local networks of cooperation, learning and innovation within global networks and flows, is one of the most significant of these new forms. In many of the most successful economies in the world a ‘developmental network state’ (DNS) has emerged which promotes local learning within global networks through a decentralised but accountable set of state institutions which maintain close ties to local technical communities and international capital. The DNS is characterised by multiple connections to local and international technical communities and international and domestic capital. The perils of being ‘captured’ by these social groups can be avoided through a constant series of evaluations, assessments and other forms of external accountability. Finally, the state system as a whole is integrated in a ‘loosely coupled’ bureaucratic structure, rather than the tightly coupled, more centralised structure of the classic developmental states of Japan and South Korea. I have also explored changes in governance structures in comparative context (in an article for the Annual Review of Sociology, 2000) and in a recent special issue of the Economic and Social Review on ‘Social Partnership as a Mode of Governance’.
“Ó’Riain makes a very important contribution to comparative studies of development by arguing that the same model of network development can be inspired by very different political ideologies. He focuses the attention on neo-liberalism, conservatism (i.e. paternalism) and social democracy. Each of these three ideologies goes hand in hand with a different set of political bargains over socioeconomic inequality, risk, security, governance. This is in essence the powerful message that this book offers to students of economic development: politics does not stand in the way of economic development; rather, different political patterns shape the way a country achieves economic well-being and have distinct consequences for the distribution of new riches across the population.” –Social Forces, Mauro F. Guillen, University of Pennsylvania
Driven by high tech foreign investment, the “Celtic Tiger” economy in the Republic of Ireland was one of the economic “success stories” of the 1990s. This book argues, however, that the state played a central role in developing the Celtic Tiger economy as well, and particularly, the increasingly important Irish high tech industry. Typically seen as an example of successful market-led globalization, high tech growth in Ireland has actually been promoted by a new form of state intervention in the economy–one that fosters local networks of support through decentralized state institutions drawing on extensive local, national and global resources.