COMPARE is a network that aims to bring together researchers, practitioners, and activists interested in the topic of self-organization, and in particular in the role the Internet can play in the self-organization of socio-technical and economic systems in different online and offline contexts. We wish to facilitate the sharing of vocabularies, methodologies, values, and objectives among people with different backgrounds and experiences in order to produce a common framework for studying self-organization in practice that will allow meaningful comparisons, abstractions, and the development of new ideas. This interdisciplinary exchange is being carried out in the context of two specific questions:

  1. What can we learn from the experiences of self-organization in real life?
  2. How can ICTs facilitate self-organization driven by local values and objectives?