Decentralized Modeling and Decentralized Thinking

  • Mitchel Resnick
Part of the Modeling Dynamic Systems book series (MDS)


The Era of Decentralization It seems fair to say that we live in an era of decentralization. Almost every time you pick up a newspaper, you can see evidence of the growing interest in decentralized systems. On the front page, you might read an article about the transition of the former Communist states from centrally planned economies to market-based economies. Turn to the business page, and you might find an article about the shift in corporate organizations away from top-down hierarchies toward decentralized management structures. The science section might carry an article about new distributed models of the mind, and it might include a technology column about the role of the Internet in promoting distributed approaches to computing. And in the book review, you might discover how the latest literary theories are based on the idea that literary meaning itself is decentralized—always constructed by individual readers, not imposed by a centralized author.


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