GET ORGANIZED: IDEAS ABOUT ORDER
Even the most seemingly chaotic systems have some order to them. This episode, TED speakers explore the inner architecture of living systems, from ant colonies to corporations to social movements. http://n.pr/1PuIYCN
- •Ants know a lot about how to organize. http://n.pr/1HwknMIThe world's largest ant colony stretches over 3,700 miles. It succeeds, biologist Deborah Gordon says, because no one is in charge. The ants communicate with algorithmic patterns to survive and thrive.
- •Want to organize a group? Just speak up: http://n.pr/1OkvnB1Morgan O'Neill was 24 years old when she and her sister spearheaded the effort to rebuild their town after a tornado. Later, she developed a way to help other communities rebuild after disasters.
- •Why are social causes easy to launch but hard to win? http://n.pr/1z0W2vSThese days, all it takes to start a protest is a cell phone, says professor Zeynep Tufekci. But does the ease of social media impede social movements from making big gains?
- •This company has almost no rules -- and it runs wonderfully. http://n.pr/1zUtFdLWhen Ricardo Semler became the CEO of his father's company, he reorganized it with the belief that less management and more flexibility meant a better workplace and bigger profits.
- •How to use computer programming principles to organize your family. http://n.pr/1OkvMn6Parents help their kids manage their lives. But according to Bruce Feiler, it can work the other way around. It just takes a little insight drawn from Japanese computer programming ideas.