We’ll be looking over the next few weeks at the book, The Starfish and the Spider.‚  To begin our discussion of this book, I want to list the eight principles of a decentralized system they describe in the book.‚  The are essential to our look at open systems and then how they can apply to both profit and non-profit sectors.

  1. When attacked, a decentralized organization tends to become even more open and decentralized.
  2. It¢â‚¬â„¢s easy to mistake starfish for spiders.
  3. An open system does not have central intelligence; the intelligence is spread throughout the system.
  4. Open systems can easy mutate.
  5. The decentralized organization sneaks up on you.
  6. As industries become decentralized, overall profits decrease.
  7. Put people into an open system and they¢â‚¬â„¢ll automatically want to contribute.
  8. When attacked, centralized organizations tend to become even more centralized.

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