The Institute for the Study of Coherence and Emergence (ISCE) was founded in 1999 to facilitate the conversation between academics and practitioners regarding the implications of complexity thinking for the management of organizations. To support this aim ISCE organizes a variety of events, sponsors the international trans-disciplinary journal, Emergence: Complexity and Organizations (formerly known as Emergence), or simply, E:CO, supports an ongoing book series, and conducts research.
ISCE's research activities are focused on social complexity theory and its applications including: the philosophical implications of complexity, the role of language in understanding organizations, coherence in organizations, the simplification of the irreducible, complexity-based tools for policy analysis and lessons from cybernetics and the philosphy of science when applied to real world social systems.
1999 to present -- Publication of the journal E:CO
1999 to present -- Conferences including:"Managing the Complex,", “Entanglement at the Human Scale”, "Health Care and Ethics," "Complexity and Knowledge Management," "Modes of Explanation" and "The Nature of Experience."
2005 to present -- ISCE book series Managing the Complex
2015 - Creation of Affirmative Consent Division
In 2015, ISCE created the Affirmative Consent Division to begin a social experiment in resilient coherence. Affirmative consent is an emergent response to changing social mores regarding sexual interactions. Members of our Affirmative Consent division are provided with a mobile application the aim of which is to change the context in which these interactions are discussed. Social complexity theory suggests that by embodying a contextual change and giving that embodiment the opportunity to acquire network effects, coherence can be reached in a "faster" manner. The Affirmative Consent Division is our attempt to see if this theoretical notion has any truth.