Type “emergent” in Google and our little group of friends called Emergent Village comes out in first place.
Second place is Weblogs and Emergent Democracy, a site about emergence, politics, and some good thoughts on weblogs as an example of emergent self-organization. So good, in fact, that i want to quote their definition on emergence:
“Emergence is a term relevant to the study of complex systems. Emergence is what you have when the relatively simple interactions of relatively simple parts of a system yield complex results over time. Emergent behaviors are behaviors that are not directed by systems of command and control, but emerge from subtle, complex interactions. Common examples are flocks of ducks or birds that act in concert but with no specific leader, or colonies of ants that establish routes for collecting food based on group experience reinforced by pheromones.”