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About Complexity Labs

Complexity Labs is an online platform dedicated to the area of complex systems – our mission is to make complexity and systems thinking accessible to all through education and enable systems change through collaboration.

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What?

Enabling the use of complexity theory in science, management, design and engineering

Complexity Labs is an online platform for complex systems. Complex systems is a new area of mathematical modeling and science with application in design, management, technology and many other areas. We provide a wide variety of users with, information, research and learning content for this exciting new area. We intend to be a primary resource for information on systems & complexity and work to build a coherent framework that make this subject accessible to students, researchers, educators, business management, designers and engineers. We help organizations leverage the capabilities of systems thinking to solve complex challenges within a wide diversity of domains. Sitting at the intersection of systems thinking and cloud technology we develop a set of web platforms and provide organizations with consulting and support services.
Complexity Labs is a small, internet-based, social business. A social business is a company 100% dedicated to solving a social problem in the most effective way possible. Unlike traditional businesses, a social business operates for the benefit of addressing social needs that enable society and economy to function more effectively. We see complexity theory as a next generation modeling framework for the sciences and a key tool for solving complex challenges in the 21st century and work to enable its accessibility.

Education

We take the abstract ideas of complexity theory and make them accessible to all

Research

We produce research and analysis papers applying system thinking to rethinking everything

Connecting

We provide a social network for connecting individuals and organizations

Services

We provide consulting and design services to support our partner organizations

Why?

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them”

Our world is changing in profound ways, while a revolution in information technology is disrupting every industry and aspect of society, new ways of thinking are desperately needed to not just disrupt but reconstruct. A centuries-old analytical reductionist approach to thinking that has built our modern world, that has been so successful in the past is no longer so. We can’t solve the problems of today with the same thinking that created them, new ways of thinking are needed to take us forwards, complexity and systems thinking provide a solid theoretical infrastructure for reframing debates, for requestioning issues and developing innovative solutions to current stumbling blocks – both in theory and in application. We believe that complexity + systems thinking are central to reinventing the way things work. It is becoming increasingly apparent that the key systems we all use and rely on need to evolve and the new ways of thinking and looking at the world that complexity and systems thinking offer are critical to this reimagining and transforming. We aim to build a connected and inspired global community of systems thinkers and change agents who can think and act systemically. Our aim is to enable, catalyze and accelerate the adoption of systems thinking in academia, management and design; envisioning a future where system thinking is not a niche, but a best practice.

The analytical reductionist process of reasoning has had many great achievements during the modern era, it has essentially created the world we live in today but it has also created many of the problems of today. Thinking requires the tools to be able to synthesize and combine information, to not just break things down and focus on the parts, but also to build them up, to see the full picture, to understand the context. The issues of the 21st century are complex, they are interconnected and multidimensional, they require new tools and new ways of thinking. Combining the right insight and ideas with the right use of technology gives us an extraordinary capacity to re-imagine systems of organization that have reached the end of their life-cycle. Our platform is designed to help individuals and organizations realize the possibilities inherent in the combination of complex systems thinking and information technology towards re-conceptualizing and reshaping our industrial systems of organization.
“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” – Alvin Toffler

Who?

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No, Complexity Labs is not, it is a social business, meaning we are registered as a business organization and are not directly associated with any university.

Complexity Labs is currently funded by providing consulting services to our partner organizations. We also generate revenue through the distribution of educational content through third party commercial websites, such as Udemy.

You can cite our content by looking for the article in the “articles” section and referencing that webpage

The content we produce is a synthesis of many different sources, primarily research papers, books, lectures and of course Wikipedia. We do not pretend to be an authority on the subject of complex systems (as there is no such thing) like all information on the internet you should cross reference it and develop your own critical thinking skills.

All of the content we produce is licensed under Creative Commons you can download it and use it in your own project as you see fit, copy, remix or post it on your own site, whatever suits you. You can download it by clicking here

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Not on this site, but we do offer certificates of completion for students who have completed a course on Udemy. If you want to avail of a certificate you will have to take the course on Udemy

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