Bas Reus' quest on self-organization and online collaborative spaces


PICT0302This blog explains the reasoning behind the quest to find out how organizational forms will look like in the future, and which form, or forms, will be dominant and sustainable on the long term. The initial assumption is that, because of the Internet and various personal motivations, self-organization can be such a form, and (mass) collaboration will be one of the important methods to communicate and work together. Therefore the focus will be on self-organization and online collaborative spaces.

In my professional life I work a social business consultancy. We help other companies creating a dialogue with their employees or clients. We manage the dialogue between all the people involved. To accomplish this we develop a program, we make an interactive webbased platform available and guide all this by managing a transparent process. More info on the Favela Fabric website.

Besides that I’m a member of the P2P Foundation where we study the impact of Peer to Peer technology and thought on society, founded by Michel Bauwens.

In 2006 I graduated with honors for the Master’s Information Sciences – Business Information Systems at the University of Amsterdam. My thesis ‘Customization and personalization in the Internet economy’ can be downloaded here.

In November 2012 I will start a Ph.D. at the VU University in Amsterdam. It will be about social network analysis. More on that later.


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  1. Vasilis said, on July 29, 2009 at 16:56

    Great blog; great Bas once again!


  2. Bas Reus said, on July 29, 2009 at 17:01

    Thanks Vasilis! I hope you will follow my quest. How are things in Greece?

  3. Vasilis said, on July 30, 2009 at 09:37

    In the p2p front things are very active! I have started reading your posts from the very first one 🙂

  4. linda4y said, on January 12, 2012 at 18:02

    Particularly interesting connection between Structuration theory and innovation. So many “rules” that are implied in an organization (and sometimes even stated in organizations) seem to work against innovation. Thanks for the blog!

  5. Jill Bellamy van Aalst said, on May 21, 2012 at 06:35

    Bas–can you provide me with an email address so we might connect on Linkedin? Regards, Jill Bellamy van Aalst.

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