Self-organization is the ability of a system to grow complexity.

It is a meta-resiliency where feedback loops restore and rebuild one another. Bottom-up self-organization is how hierarchy gets built. Self-organization offers authority over the lower-order leverage points in a system, and is itself a higher leverage point.rM3

  1. Donella H. Meadows and Diana Wright, Thinking in Systems: A Primer (White River Junction, Vt: Chelsea Green Pub, 2008). (See notes.)