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Nonlinear Thinking

A line is often defined as the shorts path from one point to another, linear thinking then describes how we interpret events or act in terms of direct cause and effect means. When we use linear thinking to describe something we create a direct logical connection from one cause to one effect, if A then B

2018-07-01T09:43:06+00:00

Systems Paradigm Video

A short film looking at some of the key themes within systems theory such as the debate surrounding reductionism and holism, the Newtonian paradigm and Systems Thinking. Systems thinking is what we call a paradigm, a dictionary definition of a paradigm would read;

2018-07-01T09:40:53+00:00

Network Thinking

"This is a network age, networks are everything, everything is part of a network, and (by) understanding how networks work, you understand how our age is going to work. So we see things we call network effects, the way value [...]

2018-07-01T09:28:09+00:00

What Is NBIC?

In this video we give a short introduction to the acronym NBIC which stands for nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology and cognitive science

2018-07-01T09:04:47+00:00

Edge Of Chaos Video

The phrase edge-of-chaos was first used to describe a transition phenomenon discovered by computer scientist Christopher Langton in the 90s. Langton found a small area conducive to producing

2018-07-01T09:03:13+00:00

Dematerialization

What is an economy? Is it things, stuff like cars, houses, washing machines and computers? Or is it services? The function of those things, payment services, cleaning services, heating, communication etc.

2018-07-01T08:56:41+00:00

The Rise Of Complexity

As the Industrial Age appears to be coming to a close we are left scrabbling for new terms to define the world we live in in the 21st century and there are no shortage of candidates from the Space Age to the Information Age to Globalization

2018-06-30T15:57:58+00:00

The Value Of Water

Water which can easily be seen as the most valuable resource on Earth is in many places treated as if it did not have any value at all. But the scarcity of water globally - where and when it is needed - is an increasing economic reality that will likely change the nature of the value we ascribe to water in the coming decades.

2018-06-30T15:51:04+00:00

Integrated Water Management

Water flows through almost every part of our economies and everything we do. It connects, agriculture, health, energy, food, environment and conflict. Of all the domains to an economy it is likely to be the most resistant to a reductionist approach to management.

2018-06-30T15:21:22+00:00

Energy Disruption

With the rise of renewables and the smart grid our energy architecture is surely going to go through a profound transformation in the coming decades but is this transformation happening fast enough?

2018-06-30T15:14:24+00:00

Adaptive Thinking

Adaptation is a behavior or response that is contingent on its environment, maybe the best way to understand it is to contrast it with reacting, we might think of reacting as a predefined response to a given stimulus, like an automatic door opening whenever someone approaches it.

2018-06-30T14:50:38+00:00

Natural Capital Accounting

Since a number of decades now the unsustainable nature of our industrial economic infrastructure has been made acutely evident. It is becoming increasingly clear that the linear model to industrial age systems of organization creates many negative externalities that render them unsustainable.

2018-06-30T14:41:44+00:00

Water-Energy-Food Nexus

Food, water and energy are essential for economic development and the well-being of every society around the planet. When we talk about the "environment" it is to a large extent this nexus that we are primarily referring to.

2018-06-29T14:59:04+00:00

Complexity Theory: Key Concepts

This video presents some of the key concepts in complex systems theory in pictures. We look at systems, non-linearity, networks, self-organization and adaptation using rich visuals. There are many definitions for what a complex system is here are just a sample of them; The Advances in Complex Systems Journal, gives us this definition; “A system comprised of a (usually large) number of (usually strongly) interacting entities, processes, or agents, the understanding of which requires the development, or the use of, new scientific tools, nonlinear models, out-of-equilibrium descriptions and computer simulations.” The social scientist Herbert Simons gives us this definition; “A system that can be analyzed into many components having relatively many relations among them, so that the behavior of each component depends on the behavior of others.”Jerome Singer tells us that a complex system is; “A system that involves numerous interacting agents whose aggregate behaviors are to be understood. Such aggregate activity is nonlinear, hence it cannot simply be derived from a summation of individual components behavior.”

2018-06-29T14:57:18+00:00

The Rise of Sustainability

Part two in our series "Age of Transition" this video explores the rise of the concept of sustainability as it has gone from the fringes to the mainstream within just a few short decades, driven by an environmental crisis on a global scale

2018-06-29T14:51:27+00:00

Digital Platforms: In Numbers

Short image and text presentation highlighting the scale and impact of digital platforms on the physical economy. This video tries to highlight how online platforms like Alibaba, Uber or AirBnB are playing an increasingly important role in organizing physical assets, from the flow of products exchanged in commerce to accommodation and transportation.

2018-06-29T13:29:24+00:00

Critical Slowing Down

Critical slowing down is the theory that in cases where a system is close to a critical tipping point the recovery rate should decrease. It occurs because a system’s internal stabilizing forces become weaker near the point where they break and the s

2018-06-29T12:42:13+00:00

Complexity Science Short Film

With narration from a number of prominent complexity scientists, this video tries to give an overview to the current state of this new area. Complexity science is an emerging post-Newtonian approach or method to science that has arisen over the past few decades to present an alternative paradigm to our standard method of scientific inquiry.

2018-06-29T12:36:00+00:00

VUCA Introduction

A short video introducing the acronym VUCA. VUCA is an acronym used to describe situations or environments that engender high levels of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity.

2018-06-29T12:33:07+00:00

Pattern Formation

A pattern is any set of correlations between the states of elements, pattern formation refers to internally generated patterns. Systems that have the ability to self-organize; to create order from initial disorder.

2018-06-29T12:28:05+00:00

IoT Blockchain

The internet is evolving into a new technology paradigm based around smart systems, the blockchain, platforms, and IoT. In the coming years, these technologies will interact and converge in new and unpredictable ways

2018-06-29T11:42:36+00:00

Knowledge Society

With the advent of information technology today there are major changes in how people look at knowledge, create it and apply it. This time is now widely recognized as the beginning of what has come to be called the Knowledge Age; an advanced form of economy in which knowledge and ideas are the main sources of economic value added.

2018-06-29T11:34:00+00:00

Global Cities Documentary

Cities have been for thousands of years the centers of civilization as they have watched empires, kingdoms, governments, and corporations come and go. But in the space of just a few decades our urban fabric is undergoing a radical transformation

2018-06-29T11:16:02+00:00

Digital Globalization

The process of globalization is entering a new era characterized by soaring flows of cross-border information. As the locus shifts from physical networks of production and trade to global information networks.

2018-06-29T11:14:07+00:00

Wicked Problems Video

Wicked Problems Video Short video and text production explaining wicked problems. Wicked problems are highly complex problems. They are unstructured, open-ended, multi-dimensional, systemic, have no known solution. Examples include: inequality, terrorism, environmental degradation or [...]

2018-06-29T11:09:23+00:00

#Entropy

#Entropy Entropy is a measurement of the number of degrees of freedom a system has. When the entropy goes up it requires more information to describe the state of the system and it would [...]

2018-06-29T11:02:51+00:00

#Self-Organization

#Self-Organization Self-organization theory deals with how global coordination within a system can result out of the local interactions between member parts. The theory of self-organization has grown out of many different areas from computer [...]