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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

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Accessibility in Networks: Understanding Social Insect Nest Architecture

Networks and the associated tools from graph theory have now become well-established approaches to study natural as well as human-made systems. While early studies focused on topology and connectivity, the recent literature has acknowledged the importance of the dynamical properties … Continue reading

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Social Insects: A Model System for Network Dynamics

Social insect colonies (ants, bees, wasps, and termites) show sophisticated collective problem-solving in the face of variable constraints. Individuals exchange information and materials such as food. The resulting network structure and dynamics can inform us about the mechanisms by which … Continue reading

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Modeling Cities and Regions as Complex Systems

Cities and regions grow (or occasionally decline), and continuously transform themselves as they do so. This book describes the theory and practice of modeling the spatial dynamics of urban growth and transformation. As cities are complex, adaptive, self-organizing systems, the … Continue reading

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Systems Thinking: An introduction

The major development and humanitarian challenges of the twenty-first century are highly complex and inter-related. Climate change, globalized markets and financial systems, and the evolution of networked forms of conflict are all examples of complex systems that underlie development problems. … Continue reading

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Emergence, Causality, Self-Organisation

Emergence and self-organisation are  the  two main concepts  that  this book and  the research project “Human Strategies in Complexity”  focus on. Aspects of emergence are: Synergism: Emergence  is due  to  the productive  interaction between entities. Synergies between  interacting  entities  are  … Continue reading

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The Complexity of Human Civilization

There is evidence that a transition in the structure of human organizations is occurring with intriguing consequences. Historical and contemporary evidence suggests that human organizations are undergoing a transition away from hierarchical control. From a complex systems perspective, a hierarchical … Continue reading

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Social Emergence – Societies as Complex Systems

Can we understand important social issues by studying individual personalities, decisions, and behaviors? Or are societies somehow more than the people in them? Sociologists have long believed that the study of individual decisions and behaviors cannot fully explain the complex … Continue reading

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