Category Archives: Complexity & change

Navigating Social-Ecological Systems: Building Resilience for Complexity and Change

Drawing on complex systems theory, this book investigates how human societies deal with change in linked social-ecological systems, and build capacity to adapt to change. The concept of resilience is central in this context. Resilient social-ecological systems have the potential … Continue reading

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Complexity Science and Social Entrepreneurship – Adding Social Value through Systems Thinking

This ground-breaking volume explores social entrepreneurship from the perspective of complexity science and systems thinking. Case studies, models, simulations, and theoretical papers advance both theory and practice, providing an innovative and comprehensive look at these dynamic topics. Written by complexity … Continue reading

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Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software

Emergence is what happens when an interconnected system of relatively simple elements self-organizes to form more intelligent, more adaptive higher-level behavior. It’s a bottom-up model rather than being engineered by a general or a master planner, emergence begins at the … Continue reading

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Occupy Wall Street, Swarm Behavior & Self-Organized Criticality

If you’ve been watching the Occupy Wall Street protests these last few weeks, you may be surprised by how quickly it spread from a small group of disgruntled youth in New York to a planetary mobilization that is now active … Continue reading

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Recommended reading for those studying self-organizing work groups in organizations

Here are a few books, articles, and blogs—those that have supported me and other self-org group members as we seek to understand our own experiences as self-organizing groups. I only update the list three or four times a year at … Continue reading

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Adaptive institutions, governance, complexity, resilience

• Wicked problems • Institutions and the challenge of  “fit‟ • Added value of a resilience lens • Resilience in practice – 1. Institutional response to extreme events – 2. Networked development institutions • Lessons learned and limitations Read

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Sociocybernetics: complexity, autopoiesis, and observation of social systems

Read In an effort to shed light on recent developments in sociocybernetic research, this volume represents recent and advanced thinking in this rapidly developing field. The authors address the core problems in social science caused by increasing societal complexity and … Continue reading

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Team assembly mechanisms determine collaboration network structure and team performance

Read Agents in creative enterprises are embedded in networks that inspire, support, and evaluate their work. Here, we investigate how the mechanisms by which creative teams self-assemble determine the structure of these collaboration networks. We propose a model for the … Continue reading

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The New Science of Leadership: An Interview with Margaret Wheatley

Read Meg Wheatley was thrown into the public spotlight in 1992 with the publication of Leadership and the New Science, a groundbreaking look at how new discoveries in quantum physics, chaos theory, and biology challenge our standard ways of thinking … 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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