Integral Autonomy: A Topological Approach to Communication and Community

Professor Mark Hemphill
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In this contribution, borrowing from computer science, philosophy, and media theory, I present a model for measuring the robustness and scalability of a communication, and a community, for instance, by virtue of the internal order that creates it.

By measuring, on a global scale, the degree to which individuals, in any given process, have direct access to their own past, and can guide their own understanding, their own means of self-determination and representation, and their own ability to collaborate in self-selected groups, we can esatablish a basis for understanding the role of identity and integrity in our communication and organization.

Integral Autonomy is a model of communication and organization created by an order stemming from within. Visually imagined as a mesh of individual-centered networks it can be used to shed light on the active forces of hyper-extended technologies, and hegemonic cultures, and to remove barriers to understanding and expression that currently exist in the inherited institutions that define our social processes.

To grow with sensitivity as well as integrity; creating enough space for all to become, to mitigate hoarding, hegemony, and conflict; to communicate, organize, and distribute more effectively by coupling power and resources with need and accountability, we need a more precise understanding of the topological features of communication and organizational principles. In the process we will also find new ways to repatriate and ground our technological extensions in authentic roots thereby giving us opportunities to restore meaning, coherency, and integrity to the rhyzo-matic world of mercenary fragments that presently confounds us.

Keywords: Identity, Integrity, Intensive Forces, Topological, Organizational Models, Communication Theory.
Stream: Technology in Community, Technology in Education, Knowledge and Technology
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Professor Mark Hemphill

Assistant Professor, and Program Director, Business, Education, and Applied Technology, University of Prince Edward Island

Mark Hemphill is an assistant professor at the University of Prince Edward Island, Canada. He joined the faculty at UPEI after a ten year career in enterprise software and B2B ecommerce. Mark received his MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. He is a PH.D. candidate studying at the European Graduate School of Media and Communications. His research interests though broad consist especially of the social and commercial forces of the Internet. His attention is currently fixed on the way communication technologies influence identity and autonomy.

Mark is also the founder and program director of BEAT (Business, Education, and Applied Technology Program), a special inter-disciplinary, inter-institutional program that takes an applied, integrated approach to IT training and development at the post-graduate level to foster learning, to accelerate technology provisioning, and to spark innovation.

BEAT's first year of operations consisted of creating the Campus Commons and integrated academic online community spanning two post-secondary institutinos and extending into its greater community. The Campus Commons fosters personal expression and supports organic group forming, collaboration, knowledge building, and the exchage and distribution of rich media online.

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