Stafford's Work

From Viable Organizations to Viable Ecologies

January 31, 2024


We will begin the discussions on the VSM and Decentralised Autonomous Organisations (DAO)s, one of the topics agreed on at our last Metaphorum Conference in Manchester to develop ‘Special Interest Groups’ on topics of interest to our community.

It will be led by Michael Zargham, who will be sharing his experience of their DAO community, designed and run as a viable system. If you are interested in this workshop (which will start one of the special interest groups emerging from our Manchester Conference), please join us.b) The rest of the Webinars in this series will be invited researchers, opening new fields of exploration in cybernetics, hopefully inspiring further developments of Stafford’s theories.

Michael Zargham

Dr. M Zargham with “From Viable Organizations to Viable Ecologies”.

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