Social theory


Throughout the 21st century the social world has been characterized by the emergence of new antagonisms and problems. These antagonisms and problems are a paradoxical result of higher levels of connectivity and intelligence which force us to consider others who were once outside of our sphere of recognition. Thus, spacetime is no longer a strong barrier to communication and interaction, but emotional resonance with and reciprocity towards others, is.

Towards an understanding of the social we believe that the primary barrier to communication and interaction is the meaning space of emotional resonance and reciprocity. Information in the human world does not flow like information in the physical realm of information processing devices. In order to build stable meaningful relations of trust we believe that one must first be able to relate emotionally to the other, to see the other's beliefs, desires and intentions.

Consequently, we believe that by better understanding the space of emotional resonance and reciprocity we can harness the collective connectivity and intelligence of the modern internet for the betterment of collective consciousness. The world has its nervous system: a global brain integrating all minds into a single medium; but now it is time for its integration: a global heart allowing all minds to see the other as an individuated reflection of one self.

Read our social ecosystem overview here or our seminal paper right here below.

Transformative Social Ecosystem Dynamics: A psychological architecture of emotional trust.

By Cadell Last, Gael Van Weyenbergh, Ben Werner.

Abstract: This paper aims to develop an understanding of a new trust architecture for social system dynamics. Modern social systems have been structured by top-down hierarchies that prevent fluid realization of individuation and lack the ability of navigating the pragmatic dynamics of a complexifying world. Furthermore, there is a seeming impossibility or at least an extreme difficulty in utilizing the logic of complex adaptive systems to aid in restructuring social systems capable of embodying authentic values of individuation and navigating the dynamics of the information age. Thus, here we propose to add to the contemporary literature by supplementing the basic principles of complex adaptive systems with the logic of human emotional drives in order to define an emergent dynamical and robust trust architecture stabilized by resonance and reciprocity. The aim of this model is to start to build out the social architecture for the emerging information age based on a deeper sense of emotional resonance and reciprocity capable of reflecting authentic individuation.