Week 7: Complex Adaptive Systems

Overview

Complex adaptive systems (CAS) are a significant shift in thinking. Instead of seeing the world as a mechanistic structure that produces set outcomes, CAS states that multiple interacting elements respond continually to feedback from each other and the environment. As such, it is difficult to predict outcomes. This limitation suggests that since outcomes are not always knowable, our attention is best served when directed at the elements interacting and the nature of their interactions.
Readings

Seminars
Thursday, 8 pm Eastern Time. Elluminate: https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/launch/meeting.jnlp?sid=2008104&password=M.9D02C4469B0C9783A1C6E60A6CD262
See time zone conversions (http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=CCK12&iso=20120126T20&p1=250)
Activities
At this stage in the course, your concept map should be reasonably developed and you should start to see ideas from different weekly concepts connecting. Your final project should now be one of your main areas of focus.