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Communication Ecology has roots in many disciplines and conversations. There is no claim that it is unique. Merely that it may be a useful approach to managing communication systems.


Actor Network Network Theory


Soft System Methodology


Pierre  Bourdieu


An article by Lewis Freidland, Toward a Theory of the Communicatively Integrated Community Communication Research, Vol. 28, No. 4, 358-391 (2001) link to the abstract



Communication Ecology draws heavily from the insights from the following thinkers.

Jane Jacobs in Cities and the Wealth of Nations and other writings -

Clay Cristansen - Innovators Dilemma and other stuff

John Seely Brown- in everything he writes

Malcom Gladwell - Tipping Point

Robert Reich- The Work of Nations

37signals.com - Anything they've made or written

Peter Senge -and all the folks around Fifth Discipline and Learning Organizations

Boyce Rensberger - Biologist who I think, (but I need advice from a trained biologist)

Heiner Gannsmann - Geldt und Arbeit (available in German as of this date)

Richard Lanham - The Economy of Attention

Steven Johnson - Emergence and almost anything else he has written







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