1. Understanding Our Platform

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. Likewise, it is well known in pedagogy that people learn best when they have some form of overall model or schema of the subject within which they can fit in the specific domains, without this one can end up seeing the trees without the forest and the result will be an incomplete understanding. For this end we are developing a framework designed to help give some overall structure to the content students are learning and how it interrelates. It should not be taken as a formal model of any kind more as a practical heuristic in the formation of your own understanding of the subject.


Systems Thinking
Systems Theory
Systems Models

Complexity Theory

Adaptive Systems
Network Theory
Nonlinear Systems

Complexity Science

Nonlinear Physics
Systems Ecology
Complexity Economics
Social Complexity

Complexity Management

Complex Projects
Systems Management


Life Cycle Design
Systems Architecture
Services Design
Engineered Systems

2. Getting Started

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 “Complex Adaptive Systems” course is another good introduction and then maybe “Nonlinear 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.

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3. Get Support

We are here to help you on your journey into complex systems, if you have any questions or need support feel free to contact us or even better post a question in the support forum and we will get back to you with 24 hours. Oh! and we would love some feedback about your experience on the site, it helps to improve the service for others.

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