Volume 2: The Theoretical Foundation

This volume of the 2014 Compendium lays out how the interdisciplinary nature of the MOCSIE Systems is being engineered to bring together presently fragmented activist organizations and community groups into a single cohesive purpose in a globalization process. Referenced herein as "glocalization," the idea is that progressive, but otherwise disparate narrative communities, might be brought together in purpose and spirit by germinating "sustaining institutions" to support them and unify their policy-change narratives.

Contributing authors to this volume will be required to contextualize their topic so that there are repeated references made to the idea of classical theories from each of the following disciplines could be adapted for use in a global virtual institution, where individuals might only ever meet as "avatars." As noted in the Volume 1 (Leavitt's Dissertation), the glue that would hold this institution together would be the cloud-resident, crowd-sourced "institutional memory."

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Part One: 
Contributed Chapters on Policy Networks

The Inter-disciplinary Nature of MOCSIE Systems

Pioneers and Classical Theory

Governing Narratives

Heterogeneous Policy Networks

The Missing Activists
The Four Volume Compendium
Policy Networks (Part 1)
Social Psychology and Sociology (Part 2)
Media Theory (Part 3)
Organization Development (Part 4)
Information Communication Technology (Part 5)


Hugh T. Miller, Ph.D.

Sandstrom and Carlsson

Mental Health in Generic Terms
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Part Two:
Social Psychology and Sociology in Narrative Communities

Pioneers and Classical Theory

Worldview Threat

Double-loop Learning in Narrative Communities

Parasocial Contact Hypothesis in a Virtual Institution
Gordon Allport on Prejudice (four points)
Aronson et. al. (expansion to six points)

Terror Management Theory

Problem Identification
Creating Emergent Narrative Communities

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Part Three:
Media Theory for Sustaining Institutions

Pioneers and Classical Theory

Echo Chambers

Negotiated Reading

Social Media and Crowd Sourcing

Creating an Agenda
Eon Devereux

"Push" Media became "Pull" Media
The Role of Sustaining Institutions
Emergent Narrative Communities

Protection for Interpretive Monopolies
When Facts Don't Matter
Parasocial Contact Hypothesis

Uploading the Institutional Memory
A Sustainable Virtual Institution

Downloading Narrative Threads
Compelling Stories
"Glocalization" of Governance
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Part Four:
Organization Development and Heterogeneous Policy Networks

Pioneers and Classical Theory

Elite Theory and Hierarchy in Governance


Learning Organizations

Virtual Institutions
Mary Parker Follett (Law of the Situation)
Frederick Thayer (End of Hierarchy!)
What Kind of Network? (Myrna-9thTAD)

Ali Farazmand, Ph.D.

Social Entrepreneurs
Leading an Emergent Narrative Community

Leading a Sustaining Institution
Leading in a Heterogeneous Policy Network

Leading in a Horizontal Institution
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Part Five:
Institutional Memory as a Self-contained Information Communication Technology

ICT in the 21st Century

The Global Domain as a Database

The Global Domain as an On-line Store

The Global Domain as a Business Incubator

The Database Custodians
Introduction to Volume IV

A "For Profit" Institution
A 19th Century Co-op in a 21st Century Environment
Introduction to Volume III

Artistic Creativity and Entrepreneurship
The Brick-and-Mortar Centers as Micro-lenders
From "Talented" to "Celebrity"

Part Six:
Complexity Theory and the Germination of Emergent Narrative Communities

The History of Complexity Theory

Design Theory and Crowd-sourced Media

Complexity in Emergent Narrative Communities

Complexity in Horizontal Networks

Interdisciplinary Connections
Dealing with Uncertainty
Incubating Direct Democracy

The Compulsion for Self Expression (Artistic Creativity)
Brick-and-Mortar Gateways to Virtual Institutions

Parasocial Contact Hypothesis Revisited
Contrasting Face-to-Face v. Virtual Institutions
Ideographs Revisited

Sustainability in the Face of Voluntary Association
The Risk of Fracturing

A Virtual University
The Role of the Database Custodians