Complexity Science and Commoning


This is a section in Free, Fair and Alive. I personally am very interested in the intersection of complexity science and commoning.

Complexity science has important things to say about the commons, too, because it sees the world as a dynamic, evolving set of living, integrated systems.

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They both have a focus on the relationships between things, not just the things themselves.

a shift towards a relational ontology has created a new paradigm of discovery, complexity science, which is revolutionizing biology, chemistry, evolutionary sciences, physics, economics, and social sciences, among other fields.

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Doughnut Economics includes this relational ontology in a framework for ecomonics.

Kate Raworth, in her brilliant book Doughnut Economics, has proposed a real-world economic framework that recognizes a new ontology — that people are social and relational (not rational and individualistic); that the world is dynamically complex (not mechanical and tending toward equilibrium); and that our economic systems must be regenerative by design.

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By viewing the world through this window — a relational ontology that moves beyond mechanical metaphors and individualism — it becomes possible to offer much better explanations for all sorts of human and ecological phenomena.

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We can begin to understand a commons as a life-form, not as a "resource," and as an organic, integrated system, not a collection of discrete parts.

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Yes I like this. The commons as a complex system and as a life-form that persists. One can then see how things such as homeostasis and autopoesis apply to it. I think this is where Andreas Weber takes things.

The window on reality that a commons expresses is more encompassing and real (in our estimation!) than ontologies that consign relational dynamics to the background as “exogenous variables.”

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The philosopher and biologist Andreas Weber has expressed the view of being that we take in this book: "The world is not populated by singular, autonomous, sovereign beings. It is comprised of a constantly oscillating network of dynamic interactions in which one thing changes through the change of another. The relationship counts, not the substance."

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