Series: Collaborative Decentred Metagovernance and Inquiring Systems

This book is the first in a series of books is designed to define cumulatively the contours of collaborative decentred metagovernance. At this time, there is still no canonical version of this paradigm: it is en émergence. This series intends to be one of many ‘construction sites’ to experiment with various dimensions of an effective and practical version of this new approach.

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Gilles Paquet Ruth Hubbard Christopher Wilson

Table of Contents


•What is collaborative decentred metagovernance?
•A work in progress
•A preview of the contents

Chapter 1 — Foundations

Gilles Paquet

•A new mindset
•Key concepts
•Stewardship as process
•Automatic pilot and collibration
•Putting all this together

Chapter 2 — Inquiring Systems

Gilles Paquet and Christopher Wilson

•The underlying conceptual framework: sound, but in need of improvement .
•Inquiring systems as heuristics and affordances
•Collaborative decentred metagovernance as inquiring systems
•Stewardship: self-governance, collibration and collaboration .
•A word of warning

Chapter 3 — Scheming Virtuously

Gilles Paquet

•Inquiring system as design challenge
•Tasks to be tackled
•Phases in the crystallization of inquiring systems
•The ethical corridor

Chapter 4 — The New Frontier

Ruth Hubbard and Gilles Paquet

•Inquiring systems, social learning and safe-fail mechanisms
•Productivity and innovation

Chapter 5 — Metagovernance Review

Ruth Hubbard and Gilles Paquet

•A new basic unit of analysis
•The new cosmology
•A framework
•Two cases
•Lessons learned


•The power of denial
•No need for undue pessimism
•Developmental evaluation as a point of entry
•The requisite variety and collaboration imperatives
•In praise of humility