2015 Research Themes

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Research Question How can we make a mindful post-capitalistic society work well in terms of what we think we know about humans?

Factors in context of post-capitalism

  • Mindfulness
    • Multi-cultural case studies and views of mindfulness and presence
  • Motivation to work, grow and help
  • Well-being
    • Multi-cultural case studies and views of well-being

Resource management

  • Resource production and recycling in an sustainable open data circular economy
  • Resource distribution and allocation from a social justice and complexity point of view

* This in the context of complexity and social justice

Research question: How can resources be produced and recycled sustainably while maintaining a postcapitalistic social justice perspective? Our work is to look into: resource production, re-use, reduce, and recycle, and socially just resource allocation and distribution - especially from a complexity point of view.

Meta-themes includes: open data circular economy and open data lca and to investigate the interlinked triad of 1. LCA 2. Open Data and Open Hardware, and 3. Circular Economies.

Our values concerning resource management and associated philosophy:

  • Values: Effectivity, democracy, social-justice, sustainability
  • Philosophy Glocal distribution mesh

R&D and multi-sector collaboration

  • Agile project management for virtual-development
  • Inter-organizational development

Organizing with complexity theory

Complexity Theory as a Research Method

  • organizing cooperation
  • organizing resources
  • organizing democracy, power and social justice

Social Justice and Power

Moving towards a Power-based social justice.: Power is not anymore only accessible top-down from a political-to-legal-to-economical & social domain, but power can be larger in the economical, informational or informational-processing domain. The notion of social justice and democracy therefore needs to be updated to ensure social justice even as the domain of power transforms. Power-based social justice means to ground social justice and democracy in where power ACTUALLY is, and will be. Furthermore, to propose an alternative model for putting true power within the domain of social justice, instead of putting social justice at the mercy of those who yield the power of tomorrow.

Social justice and emergent technologies

With technological advancements the power of tomorrow may as well lay within information as within computational power or artificial intelligence algorithms. In order to ensure long term social justice in a sustainable and adaptable way, it is paramount that we follow society's development and be mindful of where the power of tomorrow will lay in order to provide recommendations to make sure that democracy and ethics lay ahead of this development.

Research Question: ""What is the economy and the power of tomorrow, and how can we ensure environmental and social justice with it?""

An important discussion point within the governmental sector is how we can develop a legal social justice framework which automatically adapts to, or involves, new forms of technologies and means of power.

Two sub-themes is the access to data hardware and computational power as well as investigating, from a complexity point of view, the role and ideas behind open data, open hardware, and how power can be automatically weighted with democracy and responsibility.

Technologies, processes and skills necessary for a holistic integration of the above