I like it. In terms of organisation, sounds similar to Institutional Analysis and Development, Viable system model, Horizontalism vs verticalism, etc.
1. In commoning
In a heterarchy, different types of rules and organizational structures are combined. They may include, for example, top-down hierarchies and bottom-up participation (both of which are vertical), and peer-to-peer dynamics (which are horizontal).
In a heterarchy, people can achieve socially mindful autonomy by combining multiple types of governance in the same system.
Heterarchy brings together top-down and bottom-up (both hierarchical), and peer-to-peer dynamics. One can think of it as reconciling distributed networks and hierarchies.
2. In knowledge management
Traditional note taking methods, including outliners (Workflowy, Dynalist) necessitate creation of preconceived hierarchies, built “top-down”. In contrast, the heterarchy of Zettelkasten is built organically from “bottom-up” via gradual forming of links between the notes.
3.1. In my garden
Notes that link to this note (AKA backlinks).