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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....

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Fractals In Pictures

Fractals are a curved or geometric figure, each part of which has similar characteristics as the whole. Fractals are useful in modeling structures, like coastlines or snowflakes, in which similar patterns recur at progressively smaller...

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Managing Complexity Short Film

A short film looking at the rise of complexity in industry and management. Complexity management is the application of complex systems theory to the management of complex organizations and environments....

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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...

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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...

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April 23, 2017

The World of VUCA

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....

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April 21, 2017

A is for Ambiguity

Ambiguity is the quality of being open to more than one interpretation. It results in the haziness of reality; the potential for misreading and mixed meanings to conditions...

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February 7, 2017

Networked Organizations

We are pleased to present our short film about complexity management and networked organizations with narration from Don Tapscott. The rise of networked organizations can be seen as a new form of IT-enabled organization that is adapted...

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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...

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February 2, 2017

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...

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December 27, 2016

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...

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December 5, 2016

Age of Disruption: Trailer

Age of Transition is a series of short films on the fundamental changes taking place within the global economy at the turn of the 21st century as it evolves into a more complex form....

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Creative Thinking Explored

Creative thinking is the capacity to create ideas, which are both original and valuable. It involves connecting and synthesizing disparate information and ideas to create new and valuable knowledge or solutions....

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July 1, 2016

Hyperconnectivity

In the past few decades information technology has networked our world, a world that was in many ways defined and held together by its boarders and boundaries. Boundaries to countries, boundaries to organizations, boundaries to...

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Reductionism & Synthesis

Reductionism is a process of reasoning used to describe things by breaking them down into their constituent components, analyzing the properties of these components in isolation and then recombining them in order to get a description...

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June 27, 2016

Sustainable Development & Decoupling

The 20th Century, driven by scientific and technological advances, was a time of remarkable change for human civilization. But it was also a century when the extraction of many natural resources began for the first time in history to...

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June 26, 2016

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...

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June 26, 2016

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...

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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...

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June 17, 2016

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?...

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June 17, 2016

Fueling China’s Future

China is a central element within the future of our global energy system because while the developing nations are winding down their energy consumption China is still increasing its energy consumption and CO2 emissions...

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June 15, 2016

Cultural Globalization

In this video we look at the cultural dimension to globalization and the emergence of a global culture. Cultural globalization refers to the transmission of ideas, meanings and values around the world in such a way as to extend and...

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June 14, 2016

Energy Systems Resilience

As economies develop they require a greater input of energy, and they become more dependent on the continuous input of that energy in order to maintain their basic structure and processes...

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Systems Thinking In Pictures

Short image and text video presenting some of the main ideas in systems thinking. Systems thinking is the process of understanding how those things which may be regarded as systems, influence one another within a complete entity, or...

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Food Platform Innovation

Our food supply chain is both incredibly efficient and inefficient all at the same time. The system is efficient in that it produces huge quantities of food at low prices and is able to move these products around the world at low cost...

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Conventional & Alternative Agriculture

In developed nations today there is growing demand from society for an agricultural system that is both scalable and sustainable, both able to deliver on quantity and quality. Unfortunately it would appear that we are still far from...

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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...

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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...

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Towards A Nonlinear Economy

Humans design things, we build systems with the available resources, scientific knowledge and engineering know-how to make our lives better. We experiment test ideas and options keeping the ones that work...

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Circular Business Models

As we shift from a linear to a nonlinear economic model the circular economy is enabling an ocean of new value opportunities. Value is shifting from forming part of a linear value chain to all of the space around it; closing loops,...

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April 15, 2016

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. We might say it is both. All...

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April 12, 2016

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...

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February 14, 2016

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...

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September 11, 2015

DIKW Pyramid

The DIKW Pyramid refers loosely to a class of models for representing purported structural and/or functional relationships between data, information, knowledge, and wisdom...

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September 9, 2015

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...

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September 7, 2015

The Story Of Technology

Technology has always presented us with many questions about who we are, our place in the world, how technology relates to humanity and where are we going. Human beings and human culture have an inherent need...

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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...

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Network Thinking

Network thinking is about seeing not just things but the nexus of connections that they are embedded within and that give them context, it is seeing the overall fabric that these connections create and how that shapes and creates the...

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The Systems Paradigm

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...

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February 22, 2015

The Social Dilemma: A third Way

The social dilemma - otherwise known as the tragedy of the commons - is at the heart of many of the21st-centuryy challenges from over fishing and environmental degradation to social inequality and political discontent. Put simply...

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