There's no such thing as a non-self-organising system

Many moons ago, when I worked at the BBC, I used to say that the real organisation existed at the bottom or at the edges and that a group of deluded people in the middle and at the top thought they were running things. The degree that they allowed their delusion to influence their decision-making determined their negative impact on the organisation.

In his notes on a video of Harrison Owen, the creator of Open Space, Johnnie Moore confirms my suspicions:

There's no such thing as a non-self-organising system, only people deluded that they are organising it.