From Individual Decisions to Collective Decisions Changing the World

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Abstract

Decision making plays an important role in many situations. This applies both to individual decision making and collective decision making, although the scope of the consequences of a decision may be quite different for both cases. In the collective case, a worldwide scale can be reached whereas in an individual situation often the scale is limited to personal life. Nevertheless, also collective decisions usually have a basis in decisions of individuals within a population. In this paper, it is discussed how in certain cases individual decisions can indeed lead to collective decisions with a worldwide scope of consequences. Two mechanisms for this are considered in particular: influencer-driven social contagion within social networks and plasticity-driven evolution within biological populations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Second International Conference on Decision Economics, DECON'20
PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 23 Mar 2020

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
PublisherSpringer-Nature

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Treur, J. (Accepted/In press). From Individual Decisions to Collective Decisions Changing the World. In Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Decision Economics, DECON'20 (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing). Springer International Publishing AG.