I am the people – the mob – the crowd – the mass.
~ Carl Sandburg, Chicago Poem 1916
Question Defined: Can a large, diverse group of individuals acting as independent, simultaneously acting agents be used in a Complex Adaptive System (CAS) environment to produce problem solving strategies with accurate, robust and sustainable results?
Observations: 1.) Minimum size of group needs to be defined,
2.) The greater the diversity the better,
3.) Actions of agents must take place at the same time,
4.) The group will be given only the problem – no other direction,
5.) Results will need to be tested independently for accuracy
A “mob” of Renaissance Men/Women will exhibit characteristics of a Complex Adaptive System (CAS) and be able to solve highly complicated social problems using a collective consciousness.
To observe Chaos and Emergence in individuals and groups and apply the Complex Adaptive System Theory to social science with a practical outcome. This will be accomplished first by observing characteristics of these systems in an individual’s life, then testing how purposeful, simultaneous change can be used to solve social problems.