Self-Organization in Science and Society
This website provides resources for exploring the intersections between self-organization in science (complexity theory, cellular automata, animal flocking, molecular self-assembly, etc.) and self-organization in society (online communities, self-managed commons, anarchist political theory, etc.). It was started by the RPI course Self-Organization in Science and Society
Some thoughts about the NOVA "emergence" episode 
Why study Self-organization through STS? 
An Introduction to Self-organization 
History of self-organization in science and society 
Highlights from “Self-Organization and Collective Behavior in Vertebrates 
Intro to Deterministic Chaos 
Complexity, Order and Disorder 
Comparison of Norbert Wiener and John Von Neumann 
Cybernetics and American Youth Subculture 
Weather Forecasting, examples of Weiner and von Neumann methods 
National Geographic article on Swarm Intelligence. Pretty basic, but interesting introduction 
The Tragedy of the Commons, Garrett Hardin's landmark paper on common pool resources
A Democracy of Groups, by Beth Simone Noveck First Monday, volume 10, number 11 (November 2005)
Mathematical Games: White and brown music, fractal curves, and one-over-f fluctuations (PDF), Martin Gardner's 1978 Scientific American article on fractals in music.
Websites with applets
Fractals in Math, Nature, and African Design 
Diffusion Limited Aggregation 
Simple Cellular Automata intro 
Social Circles (Mailing List Social Network Maping Software) 
Examples of crowd sourcing
Crowdsourced hate speech database could spot early signs of genocide 
Track local plants and animals in your area 
Using crowds and fresh satellite imagery to find Steve Fossett 
The Funniest, The Fairest, and The Cutest all present user submitted images, having users vote on which of a given pair is funnier, prettier, or cuter. The Funniest is particularly interesting as the top images can follow trends (e.g. the "lolcats" fad). The Fairest is dominated by nature photos, and The Cutest has primarily baby animals. Note: some images on The Funniest may be "not safe for work" in typical Internet culture tradition.
Related project and course pages
GOLEM project at Brandeis - Virtual robots evolved by trying mutations on a given landscape to determine fitness. The most fit are then rapid prototyped in 3d. Project results page. Continuation of the Golem@Home portion of the project by Cornell.
W3Pal, a program attempting to map the Internet as a network.
breve Simulation Environment for "multi-agent systems and artificial life."
Network Theory and Social Complexity course with wiki/syllabus at University of California Irvine
Urban Tapestries: a research project and experimental software platform for knowledge mapping and sharing ("public authoring").
FoldIt Site which allows parallel protein folding by people. Analog computer (humans) vs digital computer differences.
Christian Fuchs for a social/political connection using self-organizing techniques and viewpoints.
segment from NOVA episode, "emergence" 
"boids" simulated flocking 
"boids" applet and other info 
Rodney Brooks discussing robots
Ghengis, a robot created by Brooks 
Books (see also course syllabus)
Self-Organization, Networks, Emergence, Scaling
Kelly, Kevin. Out of Control: The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems, and the Economic World. New York: Perseus, 1994. Full Text 
Eglash, Ron. African Fractals: Modern Computing And Indigenous Design. Rutgers University Press1999
Barabasi, Albert-Laszlo. Linked: How Everything Is Connected to Everything Else and What It Means. Plume books 2003.
Rheingold, Howard. Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution. Basic Books 2003.
Alternative Economic Theories
Piore, Michael J. & Charles F. Sabel The Second Industrial Divide. Basic books 1984
Gibson-Graham, JK The End of Capitalism (As We Knew It): A Feminist Critique of Political Economy . University of Minnesota Press 2006
Giddens, Anthony The Third Way: The Renewal of Social Democracy. Polity 1998
Smith, Philip and Eric Thurman A Billion Bootstraps: Microcredit, Barefoot Banking, and The Business Solution for Ending Poverty". McGraw-Hill 2007
Kelso, Louis O. & Mortumer J. Adler The Capitalist Manifesto Random House 1958. Full Text. 
Fractals, Scaling & Tessellations
Santa Fe Institute 
Institute for Networked Culture 
Appalachian Center for Economic Networks