External Resources

Complexity Explained


This dynamic, digital brochure introduces key concepts in complexity, accompanied by numerous examples. Also available as a downloadable booklet. Project coordinated by Manlio De Domenico and Hiroki Sayama.

M. De Domenico, D. Brockmann, C. Camargo, C. Gershenson, D. Goldsmith, S. Jeschonnek, L. Kay, S. Nichele, J.R. Nicolás, T. Schmickl, M. Stella, J. Brandoff, A.J. Martínez Salinas, H. Sayama. (2019). Complexity Explained. https://complexityexplained.github.io/ DOI: 10.17605/OSF.IO/TQGNW

Complexity Explorables


Complexity Explorables by Dirk Brockmann hosts a wide collection of interactive illustration models for complex systems in physics, mathematics, biology, chemistry, social sciences, neuroscience, epidemiology, network science and ecology. Includes teaching support aids.

Dirk Brockmann. Complexity Explorables. https://complexity-explorables.org/

Complexity Theory Course Introduction


A free, introductory course on Complexity Theory by Systems Innovation. "The aim of this course is to give you a solid grasp of key concepts that have emerged out of complexity theory..."

Systems Innovation. Complexity Theory Course Introduction. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71n4GSM1jhw&list=PLsJWgOB5mIMDRt8-DBLLVfh-XeKs2YAcg

Leverage Points


Likely Dr. Donella H. Meadow's most famous article, Leverage Points is a classic in the canon of introductory texts on systems thinking.

Donella Meadows. (1999[1997]). Leverage Points: Places to Intervene in a System. https://donellameadows.org/archives/leverage-points-places-to-intervene-in-a-system/

System Thinker Notebook


The System Thinker Notebook is a free online and continually updated catelogue of teaching notes, thought experiments and pedagogical anecdotes by James Shelley (CAS Lab project lead).

James Shelley. (2020[2018]). The System Thinker Notebook. https://jamesshelley.com/manuscripts/system-thinker-notebook/

Simulating Natural Selection

The fifth part in a series on evolution by Justin Helps, Simulating Natural Selection uses variable tweaks and high speed simulations to illustrate adaptivity in a changing environment.

Justin Helps. (2018). Simulating Natural Selection. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZGbIKd0XrM

Seeing Whole Systems


Nicky Case, the creator of system theory learning games like Loopy and Parable of the Polygons, presents an introductory presentation on complexity theory at the Longnow Foundation.

Nicky Case. (2017). Seeing Whole Systems. The Longnow Foundation: Seminars on Longterm Thinking. Presented on Monday, August 7, 2017. http://longnow.org/seminars/02017/aug/07/seeing-whole-systems/