January 1, 2006

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Organisational Memetics

My reading on the whole problem of innovation and organisational learning and change has gone further afield, and I was sent a link to this inspiring paper on organisational memetics.

There are a couple of interesting coincidences about this research:

1. It was done at the university I studied Physics at, and this paper was published just a year after I graduated - so If Price may well have been working on this while I was there.

2. Memes were first posited by Richard Dawkins in his book The Selfish Gene, and later the baton was taken up by Susan Blackmore who wrote the book "The Meme Machine" in 1999. I have followed much of both Dawkins' and Blackmore's work, especially on the evolution and nature of consciousness. If Price's paper takes me right back to that most fascinating and difficult of studies.

What's so interesting about the second coincidence is that I had no inkling that one day I would be called upon to apply what I'd read about memes and consciousness to my own everyday work. I was just curious. So, in Price's words, you might call that a surplus capability - something I'd learned for no real practical reason, which I then filed away under "interesting but useless information". Now it seems the whole concept of memes might lie at the root of organisational learning, change and innovation.
Posted 3 weeks, 2 days ago on January 1, 2006