Category Archives: Complex systems

Toward Systemic Educational Change: Questions from a Complex Systems Perspective

Researchers in Education and in Complex Systems Analysis have a unique opportunity to help strengthen the U.S. educational system and bring new tools for thinking to millions of Americans. These tools can help prepare students to meet the challenges of … Continue reading

Posted in Complex systems, Complexity, Education | Tagged , ,

Complex Systems and Education: Cognitive, Learning, and Pedagogical Perspectives

To seriously consider implementing long term and conceptually deep changes in the science and mathematics curricula is an exciting prospect. Properly infused into the curriculum, the cross-disciplinary concepts and methodologies emerging from complex systems research have the potential to form … Continue reading

Posted in Complex systems, Complexity, Education | Tagged , ,

Taking Advantage of Emergence: Productively Innovating in Complex Innovation Systems

Our most pressing societal problems such as enhancing health care, developing alternate energy, revitalizing cities, and advancing the economy are complex innovation systems. Leveraging the enormous potential of sciences and technologies into better resolutions for these complex challenges requires a … Continue reading

Posted in Complex systems, Complexity, Emergence, Innovation | Tagged , , ,

Emergence and Growth of Knowledge and Diversity in Hierarchically Complex Living Systems

An environment conducting a flux of energy and materials between temporally or spatially separated sources and sinks may become more complexly structured due to the emergence of cyclical, dissipative transport systems. Selection favors transport systems able to stabilize themselves against … Continue reading

Posted in Autopoiesis, Complex systems, Emergence, Knowledge | Tagged , , ,

On Macrostates in Complex Multi-Scale Systems

A characteristic feature of complex systems is their deep structure, meaning that the definition of their states and observables depends on the level, or the scale, at which the system is considered. This scale dependence is reflected in the distinction … Continue reading

Posted in Complex systems, Complexity, Structure | Tagged , ,

Emergence in Stigmergic and Complex Adaptive Systems

Complex systems have been studied by researchers from every discipline: biology, chemistry, physics, sociology, mathematics and economics and more. Depending upon the discipline, complex systems theory has accrued many flavors. We are after a formal representation, a model that can … Continue reading

Posted in Complex adaptive systems, Complex systems, Complexity, Emergence, Self-organization, Stigmergic systems, Stigmergy | Tagged , , , , , ,

Social Entrepreneurship and Complexity Science – New Collaboration

This paper looks at how ideas, constructs, methods and insights coming out of systems thinking and the sciences of complex systems can be applied to the study of social entrepreneurship. At present, there is  no one general theoretical perspective that … Continue reading

Posted in Complex systems, Complexity science, Social entrepreneurship, Social network, Systems thinking | Tagged , , , ,