Here are some of the books and web sites that researched as part of my investigations into swarming. There are a few that I should probably re-read too. That said, if you are interested in swarming, you could use some of these references for starting points.
The Wisdom of Crowds – James Suroweicki
Suroweicki’s book was my introduction to the power of self-organizing groups. He is a very engaging writer. It’s a fun read and serves as a good starting point for further research.
Bioteams – Ken Thompson
The Thompson book is the first that I found that attempts to apply the theory of swarming to teams of people. It’s oriented to the use of mobile devices and does a good job of positing the simple rules that might be used by swarming teams.
Emergence – Steven Johnson
Steven Johnson’s book is similar to Suroweiki’s, but Johnson’s work is more thorough and academic in tone. He does a great job of explaining some very complicated ideas well.
Micromotives and Macro Behavior – Thomas Schelling
This guy is a nobel laureate in economics, so I guess he knows what he’s talking about. I loved the introductory chapters, but after that he lost me. It gets really dense really fast.
The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations – Ori Brafman and Rod Beckstrom
I really loved this book. Brafman and Beckstrom did a fabulous job of writing a very engaging book about self-organizing…organizations. This book does the best job of giving you real examples of groups of people swarming.
Swarm Creativity – Peter Gloor
Peter Gloor’s book is mostly focused on swarming as a way of driving innovation in teams. He also examines ways that we can find collaborative networks (COINS) within existing organizations.
Swarm Intelligence: A Whole New Way to Think about Business – Eric Bonabeau and Christopher Meyer
Bonabeau and Meyer have made the transition from academics to business. They take the principles of swarming and apply them to business problems.
BioTeams – Companion to the book
Systems Thinking – A catalog of systems theory and emergent behavior links
CalResCo Complexity Writings – a collection of academic papers on emergent and complex behavior
Swarm Theory – a great Nat Geo article about swarming
Boids – If you want to play with simulations of swarming behavior, this is a great start
Swarm Creativity – companion site to Peter Gloor’s book
Research Project from the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence
Swarm Intelligence – more links