I will be speaking at the Belfast Summit on Global Food Integrity (May 28-31) about the strategies and the decision-making framework of food risk analysis in the Nordics. The talk reflects on a recent research study conducted by the University of Oslo (UiO) and the Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO).
The title of our abstract is “Uncovering the strategies within the decision-making framework of food risk analysis in the Nordics”
A book on best practices on mapping and assessing wetlands has just been published, based on our findings from the WetEcos project and our previous publications. The book is titled “Best practices guide on mapping and assessing wetland ecosystems and their services” and is published by Universitas (ISBN 978-973-741-534-9).
Is it possible for a platform based on egalitarian principles to evolve to something of an Iron Law?
According to a recent paper by Bradi Heaberlin and Simon DeDeo in future internet, the wikipedia has gradually evolved away from its founding egalitarian ideals to a more or less corporate bureaucracy.
Wikipedia remains in principle a self-governing community, relying primarily on social/peer pressure to enforce the established core norms. However the development of its social hierarchy structure and online behavioral norms among its editors is changing.
You start with a decentralized democratic system, but over time you get the emergence of a leadership class with privileged access to information and social networks.
The authors identified approximately 100 founding users that set the core norms governing the Wikipedia community. The community has now more than 30 000 active members.
Their interests begin to diverge from the rest of the group. They no longer have the same needs and goals. So not only do they come to gain the most power within the system, but they may use it in ways that conflict with the needs of everybody else.