Behaviour of Participants in Successfull Ecosystems - Birds of a Feather?

As writing our eGoose proposal picks up momentum and I reflect on the core narrative of the Excellence section I am exploring how to tell the story of what social behaviours we will help "engineer" in order to bring the overall solution to life.

As a reminder our object of analysis is extended supply chain ecosystems of SMEs and MEs in high vlaue manufacturing and within that the sharing of knowledge related to cyber safety incidents, risks and treatments.

Knowledge sharing is a social phenomenon exhibited by groups of individuals and perhaps we can draw an analogy to swarm theory and the basic rules that dominate such phenomena. Wikipedia has a nice article on this and nicely highlights the "Boids" artifical life program from 1987 which suggests three simple rules for group participants which significantly enhance the probably of emergent "game changing" behaviors:
  • Separation: steer to avoid crowding local flockmates
  • Alignment: steer towards the average heading of local flockmates
  • Cohesion: steer to move toward the average position (center of mass) of local flockmates

Obviously also some great connections to the Game of Life work by Conway in the 1970s, which is build on the following three principles:
  • Any live cell with two or three live neighbours survives.
  • Any dead cell with three live neighbours becomes a live cell.
  • All other live cells die in the next generation. Similarly, all other dead cells stay dead.

Connecting the above thinking with the explorations on the role of openness in ecosystems by our VTT colleagues and the work on sectoral cyber resilience by our colleagues from the Blavatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center, Tel Aviv University, we might begin reflecting on how our innovation webs and their maturity assessment approach can "connect the dots" to identify the three rules participants in an extended supply chain ecosystem need to follow in order to trigger intensive knowledge sharing (as an emergent phenomenon)?

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