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Teaching Complexity

We believe systems thinking is for everyone, from primary school to university to professional learning our content is specifically designed to be accessible to or ages. Whether you are homeschooling, tutoring a small group or putting together a full university course Complexity Labs is the deepest, richest and most accessible source of content for systems and complexity that is available freely available, just waiting for you to slot into your educational project. Our content can complement what you do to deliver a rich more engaging experience. The content is specifically designed in a modular fashion so that you can use videos or articles individually, mix-and-match with your own content, or provide our courses as is. All of our content is available for download and licensed under creative commons so you can use, adapt it, mix or remix it as you see fit. Equally, you can have student access full course, article or look up terms directly on the site.

Make your classroom more interactive and dynamic. Great animators bring each concept to life in short 5 - 10 minute video presentations. Use our 300+ videos to engage your students and help them quickly understand complex concepts. Videos can be used in class or as supplementary material. With our downloads section you can quickly find any lessons you need, all in one place.

Where To Start?

The area of complex systems can look overwhelming and intimidating when one is first presented with all of its new concepts, models, and methods. Students and researchers often struggle to make sense of this zoo of ideas and can become over-focused on specific areas without seeing how they interrelate. So where should you start? If you are new to the subject we recommend starting with systems thinking. Behind all areas of complex systems are a few core concepts derived from systems theory, if you understand these this will make it much easier for you to tackle the more advanced concepts and understand how it all fits together.

These basic ideas include: Holism & synthesis, emergence & synergies, relationalism & networks, feedback dynamics & evolution. By taking our “Introduction to Systems Thinking” or “Systems Theory” course this will give you a solid grounding in the basic ideas. We would then recommend the “Introduction to Complexity Theory” course this will give you an overview to complexity. After this, the “Nonlinear Systems” course is another good introductions and then maybe “Complex Adaptive Systems” and “Network Theory.” By that stage, you should have a solid grasp of the basics. We also have a supplementary course on “Critical Thinking” and many articles on the subject. Although not a part of the area of complex systems, we believe critical thinking is the foundations to any form of constructive science and it will help you be a better general thinker.