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Week 7: Complex Adaptive Systems
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.
Complex Adaptive System
What Are Complex Adaptive Systems
Managing in an Age of Complexity
Neil Pearce and Franco Merletti,
Complexity, simplicity, and epidemiology
Complexity Theory and Education
Complexity and Personal Learning Environments
C. F. Kurtz and D. J. Snowden,
Bramble Bushes in a Thicket
Dave Snowden's Cynefin framework is detailed here:
This short video contains a well-known Snowden narrative of "how to organize a birthday party" that reflects his views on complexity:
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