Publications about ParEvo

Sources of ideas

which informed my PhD thesis…

  • Order and Diversity: Representing and Assisting Organisational Learning in Non-Government Aid Organisations. Ph.D Thesis. Centre for Development Studies, University of Wales – Swansea (1998)
    • Other potential applications of the evolutionary algorithm have been identified. One is the participatory development of past project histories (or future project plans) in the form of evolving branching structures of narrative. Participants would choose which branch-end to add a next step in the story. New branches would emerge where an existing branch was added to by more than one participant. Branches would die out where no new additions were placed there by participants. Such constructions could capture something of the contentious nature of history and the way in which it is socially constructed” Page 337.

which led to a small scale experiment in the mid-1990s…documented 10 years later…

and my interest in this was revived by reading Scott Page on diversity…


  • Surowiecki, J. (2004). The wisdom of crowds: why the many are smarter than the few and how collective wisdom shapes business, economies, societies and nations. Little, Brown.
which also prompted some reading of the literature on scenario planning

and now even more recently, the literature on collective intelligence…

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