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Unruly ComplexityEcology, Interpretation, Engagement$
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Peter J. Taylor

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780226790350

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226790398.001.0001

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Reflecting on Researchers' Diverse Resources

Reflecting on Researchers' Diverse Resources

(p.137) 5 Reflecting on Researchers' Diverse Resources
Unruly Complexity
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This chapter presents a postscript to the reconstruction of the 1947 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) modeling study. Given that the components of Picardi's heterogeneous web were mutually reinforcing, it is reasonable to ask how long that web remained stable and whether it was extended to other projects. In the fall of 1974, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) extended the MIT contract for three months so that the reports could be completed, but no additional funds were allocated. MIT's requests to be funded for a follow-up research were turned down. Meanwhile, USAID selected two components of the MIT study—a summary report and the framework for planning agricultural development—for distribution to international organizations and African governments. The remaining ten studies, including Picardi's, were packaged as “annexes,” available only upon request.

Keywords:   MIT, USAID, Picardi, heterogeneous web

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