Category Archives: Complex adaptive system

How to Change the World

Presentation by Jurgen Appelo

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Embracing Complexity

Read In his job as chief investment strategist at Legg Mason Capital Management, Michael J. Mauboussin has developed a healthy appreciation for complexity. Along the way—through his reports, books, teaching at Columbia Business School, and frequent conference appearances—he has become … Continue reading

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Governance and Complexity – Emerging Issues for Governance Theory

Read Unexpected epidemics, abrupt catastrophic shifts in biophysical systems, and economic crises that cascade across national borders and regions are events that challenge the steering capacity of governance at all political levels. This article seeks to extend the applicability of … Continue reading

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Social Learning and Sustainability – Exploring Critical Issues in Relation to Environmental Change and Governance

Read This report addresses a critical part of the very front of social-ecological systems research. Learning can be seen as a process of change in the way we look upon the world — our thoughts, feelings and actions — which … Continue reading

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Complex adaptive systems: an introduction to computational models of social life

Read This book provides the first clear, comprehensive, and accessible account of complex adaptive social systems, by two of the field’s leading authorities. Such systems–whether political parties, stock markets, or ant colonies–present some of the most intriguing theoretical and practical … Continue reading

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Panarchy: understanding transformations in human and natural systems

Panarchy: understanding transformations in human and natural systems Related links: Panarchy and  Resilience Our Panarchic Future Panarchy Synopsis Panarchy – In Search of a Theory of Adaptive Change Creating institutions to meet the challenge of sustainability is arguably the most … Continue reading

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Resilience management in social-ecological systems: a working hypothesis for a participatory approach

Read Approaches to natural resource management are often based on a presumed ability to predict probabilistic responses to management and external drivers such as climate. They also tend to assume that the manager is outside the system being managed. However, … Continue reading

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The Hidden Fragility of Complex Systems – Consequences of Change, Changing Consequences

Read Read also – A Complexity Manifesto Short-term survival and an exuberant plunge into building our future are generating a new kind of unintended consequence—hidden fragility. This is a direct effect of the sophistication and structural complexity of the socio-technical … Continue reading

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Adventures in Complexity – An essay on Dynamic Open Complex Adaptive Systems and Self-Organizing Order

Read The present book-review essay surveys this literature in an effort both to condense, clarify, and encapsulate its high points and to indicate its relevance to business and marketing practice.  The essay thereby addresses the reader who wishes to gain … Continue reading

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Maximizing Facilitation Skills Using Principles of Complexity Science

At the heart of complexity science is a set of essential characteristics of complex adaptive systems that we can directly apply to organizations and our work as facilitators. It is always risky to take scientific principles developed in one context … Continue reading

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