Category Archives: Complexity

Action Research – A Learning tool that engages Complexity

Innovative micro-teaching to enhance student teaching/learning is increasingly using the concept of Action Research. In action research the particular focus is on the subject of the research also being a learner from the research outcome. The Kemmis Model (Cyclical Model … Continue reading

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Complexity Theory and the Philosophy of Education

Complexity as an approach to knowledge and knowledge systems now recognizes both the growth of global systems architectures in (tele)communications and information with the development of open knowledge production systems that increasingly rest not only on the establishment of new … Continue reading

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Complex Social Problems Call for Evolutionary Leadership

One of the reasons it seems so impossible to solve the complex social challenges that our society faces is that we’re waiting for leaders “out there” to do it for us. Well, who are these people? Elected officials, business leaders… … Continue reading

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Is ‘complexity’ the key to economic growth?

Two economists, Ricardo Hausmann of Harvard and Cesar Hidalgo of MIT, have just released “Atlas of Economic Complexity,” which claims to be the best model yet for predicting how much nations will grow in the future. So what’s the secret? … Continue reading

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Developmental Evaluation: Applying Complexity Concepts to Enhance Innovation and Use

Developmental evaluation (DE) offers a powerful approach to monitoring and supporting social innovations by working in partnership with program decision makers. In this book, eminent authority Michael Quinn Patton shows how to conduct evaluations within a DE framework. Patton draws … Continue reading

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Peggy Holman: Emergence and the Future of Society

Change is in the air, and most people can tell. The economy has undergone some serious disruptions. Marketers are starting to say that companies need to start speaking with, and actually listening to, their customers in order to survive. Protest … Continue reading

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Developmental Evaluation: Applying Complexity Concepts to Enhance Innovation and Use

Developmental evaluation (DE) offers a powerful approach to monitoring and supporting social innovations by working in partnership with program decision makers. In this book, eminent authority Michael Quinn Patton shows how to conduct evaluations within a DE framework. Patton draws … Continue reading

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Can ecosystems show how to fix the euro?

The eurozone, like the rest of the world economy, is a complex networked system. That gives it properties economists rarely consider but which could help us understand the current crisis. Complex networks have many interconnected components which influence each other’s … Continue reading

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How to Change the World

Presentation by Jurgen Appelo

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The future under construction

Lean thinking defines value as providing benefit to the customer. Anything else is waste. But what if we really don’t know?  Then the most important business process is to find out. We have to learn what creates value for different … Continue reading

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