Lilian Ricaud

Originally trained as a plant biologist, Lilian Ricaud is an open collaboration expert and an independent researcher. His current research interests includes stigmergic collaboration, open social innovation, alternative currencies, pattern languages, permaculture, place-making and he is working on building a co-creative events pattern language as a tool to help communities self-organise and cooperate.

NewCrafts 2017


Stigmergy: ants, self-organization & large scale collaboration

  • talk
  • decentralized-collaboration
  • github
  • open-social-innovation
  • systems-thinking
  • patterns
  • co-creative-events

Stigmergy is a mechanism of indirect coordination between agents or actions. The principle is that the trace left in the environment by an action stimulates the performance of a next action, by the same or a different agent. In that way, subsequent actions tend to reinforce and build on each other, leading to the spontaneous emergence of coherent, apparently systematic activity. Stigmergy is a form of self-organization. It produces complex, seemingly intelligent structures, without need for any planning, control, or even direct communication between the agents. (- Wikipedia)

Social insects societies such as ants or termites and human systems such as the web, free/open source softwares development or Wikipedia all exhibit stimergic collaboration.

In this talk we'll explore the notion of stigmergy, have a look the principles that allow it to emerge and what we can learn from them.

Room: Lovelace - Time: 5/19/2017 10:45:00 AM