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Are conversations emergent? Are ALL conversations emergent?

Discussion at the 1st International Workshop on Complexity and Real World Applications, Botleigh Grange Hotel, Southampton, 21-23 July 2010

Present:  Mark McKergow, Ed Olsen, Eileen Conn, Stefanos Michiotis, Martin Reynolds and others

Mark McKergow convened this discussion to explore the broad question of ‘are conversations emergent?’.  During the workshop we had been shown several conversational tools which claimed (no doubt correctly) to ‘tap into complexity’ or work with it in some way.  Mark wanted to explore whether a special kind of conversation was required to do this, or whether ordinary everyday conversations were emergent, and therefore embraced complexity too. Continue reading →

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