Open Call for Papers about new forms of Network


This stream will deal with new forms of network in the economy and in human activity.

This will include an examination of the Platform economies such as Facebook

and also how the network structure is replacing the pyramid structure in succesful organisations and institutions.


Networks for a Sustainable world (session title)

by Hans Kåre Flø

Introductory text: The importance of networks is growing and networks appear to be crucial for creating the global processes needed for moving the global human society towards a state of long term ecological, social and economic balance which means transforming it into a sustainable one.

To organise a group of people to solve a common task we may choose a number of different organisational forms, basically hierarchical systems, or pyramids, with a powerful person at the top, markets, where goods, services or other entities of value are exchanged, democratic systems (e.g. people, parliament, government, administration) within a never-ending circular process and last, but not least, networks. Real processes mostly apply all these organisational forms in a dynamic mixture.

Two reasons why we believe the importance of networks is growing is digital technology with the internet which very powerfully supports networks off all kinds and that processes within digitally supported networks can happen with extreme speed.

The GEI family is home to a very large international network of persons and potentially of institutions. Within this session we want to develop our own understanding of networks and explore how a targeted use of understanding and competence of networks may help GEI to achieve its fundamental goals in an even better way. We therefore invite papers on the following topics:

  • Fundamental aspects on networks and network organisation
  • Specific examples of successful (or not successful) networks and network processes from which we can learn
  • Ideas on how conscious use of network organisation may bring GEI forward.