Strategies for Distributed and Collective Action: Connecting the Dots

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How do we organize ourselves to accomplish shared goals? Our well-worn modes of collective action—from markets to hierarchies, from institutions to movements—have so far provided a limited vocabulary to investigate, let alone invent, new forms of open, networked, and trans-sectoral collaboration. Yet new forms of collective action are continually emerging, defined by openness, polycentricity, and plurality while still strategic and goal-oriented. Martin Kornberger pursues these experimental models to offer a vocabulary for the hitherto "untapped capability" to organize and strategize distributed and collective action. He introduces a novel set of concepts including shared concerns, symbols, interface designs, participatory architectures, evaluative infrastructures, network strategy, and leading as diplomacy, which together combine goal-orientated, purposeful action with scale, openness, and creativity. With a new vocabulary we can explore alternative ways of thinking and strategies to address the significant challenges and crises of our times.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages229
ISBN (Electronic)9780191896453
ISBN (Print)9780198864301
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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