Autopoiesis: The Regenerative Nature of Life
Come and nerd out with me in thinking about autopoiesis. What? You’re wondering what autopoiesis is?
The first time I ran across the idea was in reading one of my favorite books:
The Hidden Connections: A Science for Sustainable Living by Fritjof Capra
Essentially, autopoiesis is about systems with the ability to “self-create.” They generate processes that enable themselves to bring in information and resources from the outside in order to sustain themselves over time. Autopoiesis is critical to life.
I think it also has important implications for organizations. I’ve written about aspects of this in the past – particularly around membranes as the critical point of connection between what’s inside and outside an organism – or organization.
Now I see that Ross Dawson has been talking about this stuff for a while. This piece is quite interesting and worth reading if you’re into this stuff – like I am.
Autopoiesis and how hyper-connectivity is literally bringing the networks to life
Thanks to John Kellden for flagging this article for me recently.