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Thinking Allowed
Wednesday 16:00-16:30
Laurie Taylor discusses the latest social science research.
26 November 2008
repeat  30 Nov
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ORGANISATION/DISORGANISATION
According to Michael Thompson, former mountaineer, professional soldier, sociologist and advisor to governments around the world, there are five ways to organise everything, and the best organisations use all five methods.

Laurie Taylor is joined by Michael Thompson author of Organising and Disorganising, and philosopher John Gray to discuss the hierarchical, the individualistic, the egalitarian, the fatalistic and the autonomous – ways in which things can be organised, and forces that disorganise the other ways.

What is the best way for things to run? Is John Gray’s contention just a theory too far and can there really be a way to describe everything from a tea party to the United Nations?
Additional information:

Michael Thompson

Research Scholar at the International Institute For Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria and Fellow at the James Martin Institute For Science and Civilisation at Oxford University

Organising and Disorganising: A Dynamic and Non-Linear Theory of Institutional Emergence and its Implications
Publisher: Triarchy Press
ISBN-10: 0955768144
ISBN-13: 978-0955768149

Organising and Disorganising
Michael Thompson will be talking about his book as part of the complexity programme
Thursday December 11th 2008 1:30-6:30pm
Venue: LSE (London School of Economics and Political Science)

John N. Gray
British political philosopher and author, formerly School Professor of European Thought at the London School of Economics

Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals
Publisher: Granta Books; New Ed edition
ISBN-10: 1862075964
ISBN-13: 978-1862075962

Black Mass: Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN-10: 0141025980
ISBN-13: 978-0141025988
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