The Institute for the Study of Coherence and Emergence (ISCE) was founded in 1999 to facilitate the conversation between academics and practitioners regarding the implications of complexity thinking for the management of organizations. To support this aim ISCE organizes a variety of events, sponsors the international trans-disciplinary journal, Emergence: Complexity and Organizations (formerly known as Emergence), or simply, E:CO, supports an ongoing book series, and conducts research.
ISCE's research activities are focused on social complexity theory and its applications including: the philosophical implications of complexity, the role of language in understanding organizations, coherence in organizations, the simplification of the irreducible, complexity-based tools for policy analysis.
ISCE also acts to help co-ordinate the
research activities of the ISCE fellows to
ensure that each fellow is aware of each other
fellow's research to facilitate
cross-disciplinary collaboration and synthesis.
In 2015, ISCE created
Consent Division to begin a social
experiment in resilient coherence. Affirmative
consent is an emergent response to changing
social mores regarding sexual interactions.
Members of our Affirmative Consent division are
provided with a mobile application the aim of
which is to change the context in which these
interactions are discussed. Social complexity
theory suggests that by embodying a contextual
change and giving that embodiment the
opportunity to acquire network effects,
coherence can be reached in a "faster" manner.
The Affirmative Consent Division is our attempt
to see if this theoretical notion has any truth.
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Faculty and Fellows
Executive Director and ISCE Professor of Meaning
Hugo Letiche, ISCE Professor of Meaning in Organizations (emeritus)
Kurt Richardson, Managing Editor of E:CO
Peter Allen, Editor of E:CO
Jeffrey Goldstein, Editor of E:CO
David Snowden, Editor of E:CO
Max Boisot (in memorium)
Paul Cilliers (in memorium)
Jerry L.R. Chandler
Susanne N. Kelly