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Improving Urban Mobility by Understanding its Complexity

What makes mobility complex is that it is full of interactions. Interactions between pedestrians, between cars, between buses, between trains, between vehicles and infrastructure. In any mobility system, each component cannot be studied in isolation, as its future is partly but strongly determined by … Continue reading

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Emergence and the new intelligence leadership

Emergence, a vital phenomenon of evolution, has been the primary focus of numerous pioneer complexity researchers. In this study, the complexity-intelligence and emergence-intelligence linkages are scrutinised. Encompassing and exploring spaces of high complexity by human organisations requires a better comprehension … Continue reading

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Complexity and Education – Self-organizational Pedagogy on the Edge of Chaos

This paper describes our attempt to develop a pedagogical practice informed by the concepts of complexity applied to education. The context of our study was the science methods course within an elementary teacher education program. The practice, described here, has … Continue reading

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Understanding the Complexity of Economic, Ecological, and Social Systems

Hierarchies and adaptive cycles comprise the basis of ecosystems and social-ecological systems across scales. Together they form a panarchy. The panarchy describes how a healthy system can invent and experiment, benefiting from inventions that create opportunity while being kept safe … Continue reading

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Self-organization in Communicating Groups – the emergence of coordination, shared references and collective intelligence

In the last few decades a new scientific paradigm has been slowly emerging: complexity. This paradigm departs from the reductionism, determinism and materialism of classical, Newtonian science by focusing on the non-linear interactions between the components of a complex system. … Continue reading

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Panarchy: Understanding Transformations in Human and Natural Systems

Creating institutions to meet the challenge of sustainability is arguably the most important task confronting society; it is also dauntingly complex. Ecological, economic, and social elements all play a role, but despite ongoing efforts, researchers have yet to succeed in … Continue reading

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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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Cohesion – The Making of Society

This book attempts to address some of the interesting questions that revolve around the formation and dissolution of human societies in general. Specifically whether, and how, we can shape the nature of cohesion present in modern societies. Some example questions … Continue reading

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Distances and Diversity: Sources for Social Creativity

The power of the unaided, individual mind is highly overrated:  The  Renaissance scholar no longer exists. Although creative individuals are often thought of as working in isolation, the role of interaction and collaboration with other individuals is critical to creativity. … Continue reading

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Cohesion – The Making of Society

Why are complex systems able to form stable structures at all? Why are there companies, states and societies in such diverse forms? In particular we will attempt to understand what makes any culture, or organisation stable, and whether it is … Continue reading

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