Distributed Organizations Salon (Part 1)




When the complexity of collective behavior increases beyond the complexity of an individual, traditional, hierarchical organizations start to break down.

Therefore, as complexity rises globally, we need to start working on creating better decentralized social systems to address increasingly complex problems.

We’ve seen examples of distributed organizations and collective systems emerging organically as people learned to work together using modern technologies. We’ve also witnessed deliberate efforts to systematically build and improve distributed organizations using new generation technologies and a scientific approach.

On March 11th we are honored to host one of the first Salons on distributed organizations, and welcome three special guest to share their insights.

To join the conversation, please register below. You can also stream the event live.

Special guest speakers:

  • Deb Roy

    MIT Associate Professor Deb Roy is at the forefront of innovative thinking in social dynamics, cognitive modeling and artificial intelligence. Deb became the Chief Scientist at Twitter after foundeding a social TV analytics company BlueFin (later acquired by Twitter). Deb will be sharing insights from his past work, as well as exciting thoughts on what the future of decentralized social systems might look like, facilitated by current advancements in machine learning and emerging artificial intelligence. Watch his brilliant TED talk, Birth of a Word, or connect with him via Twitter @dkroy.

  • Devin Balkind

    When he was 12, Devin - now founder and director of Sarapis - decided to tell the truth for the rest of his life. When Occupy Wall Street started, he saw it as an opportunity to advocate for and raise awareness about free/libre/open-source solutions, which he believes are the only solutions that can cure many types of social ills.

    At the Salon, Devin will be talking about implementing basic concepts of decentralized networks to mobilize groups of people for the greater good in emergency situations. The Occupy Sandy example, especially the technology used to coordinate communications and supplies, will be used as a background for this discussion. If you would also like to overdose on his free, open commentaries, check out his blog and Twitter feed @devinbalkind.

  • Sam Klein

    A Wikipedia board of trustees member, community development powerhouse, One Laptop Per Child director of content, and resilient free knowledge systems advocate, Sam is joining the Salon to talk about a possible transparent participatory governance model based on Wikipedia (although Sam might also talk about the Newpedia, Wikipedia Zero and Wikipedia One).

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