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Systems Innovation is an open platform for applying systems and complexity theory towards innovating new solutions to complex social, economic, technical and environmental challenges


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  • Is there even such a thing as hard emergence? Polar solvents like water are at best a soft emergence, as the "solvent" property can be explained with the charges of the component atoms and the effects of their relative electromagnetically on the covalent bonds between them. Genuine question. I am a reductionist trying to understand the concept of emergence.

  • I love these videos, but regardless of the level of integrity & accuracy of information in them they come across as less credible when there are spelling errors like “synpses” (2:15). I’ve noticed small typos like this in other Systems Innovation videos (all of which I really enjoy for their broad range of intellectual concepts), and I just want to suggest that these errors be remedied so as to maintain viewers’ perception that Systems Innovation videos are factually accurate.

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  • Hi all. Beautiful explanation. Thank you. Enjoy the ride.

  • That's how we must proceed to transition from this unsustainable capitalist system of ours to a sustainable communist system.

  • I'm so glad I found this channel. It will be increasingly relevant in the future. We will see this science integrated into society

  • Love it good video shows how irrational humans are

  • I would like to use some of this information in both a leadership course and in my leadership course. How can I do so? Who and how would you like me to cite? Also, could you direct me to some of your source material? Currently, I am reading Business Dynamics by John Sterman.

  • Hi all. It's an interesting thought to apply this to economic systems too. Including reserve currency cycles and the emerging didgital asset class. XRP the standard. Enjoy the ride.

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  • The INPUTS produced by an organization's functional environment, and that thru its organizational structure (i.e. its performance system) an organization transforms into OUTPUTS (outcomes), in the process creating feedback loops that inform as well as valuate organizational effectiveness by pointing out/identifying for the organization any INPUTS-INTO-OUTPUTS TRANSFORMATION PROCESS misalignments that exist, and that are causing ORGANIZATIONAL INEFFECTIVENESS, suggests that more than a “theory of change” what organizations need is something analogous to John P. Kotter’s “The Eight-Stage Process of Creating Major Change” (from his book “Leading Change”).

  • Fantastic stuff!

  • is this the form the cybernetics movement has taken this decade?

  • Too much cheer leading, not enough critical thinking about risks and downsides. Also, center-periphery theory is way too simple.

  • Has anyone else noticed the trend, that these theories of change are being applied in _for-profit_ organizations, vulgo businesses? People seem not to notice, that what works fine for philantropies and government agencies makes no sense at all in context where your objective is revenue. And consultants encourage that misconception, because that's what they make money on.

  • What software was used to make this amazing video? Please reply.

  • Quote: "When all of this elements are working together we are getting a new level of organisation." I am doubting that this is a suitable definition of a "system" because many things satisfy this requirements but still aren´t a system (in my oppinion). Example: a family (elements = yes existant, relations = yes supposed to be existant, emerged organisation = probably yes); to me, a family still seems to be group of related creatures and not a system because the systematic simply is missing. 2nd example: the "car" you are referring: to me, a car is rather a technical device than a system (in this example you mustn´t mix-up interplay of compnents with relation)... You can go on in examples or rather counterexamples. After a couple of reflections I came to the conclusion that "system" is a fantasy word which is (and can be) used in daily routine by allmost everyone. But in my opinion it is not useful in scientific investigations. It is better to find or invent an apposite expression on what we want to work on. Thank you very much! You helped me a lot with your video. Please do more!

  • uh.. this knowlage about game theory wears kinda heavy on me

  • Hey, I just found your channel and I am extremly excited to watch your videos. I am primarly interested in complexity theory and emergence. Should I watch some other videos before for better understanding? Does order in which I watch your videos matter or can I just jump into whatever interests me most? Thanks

    • @Systems Innovation thanks

    • Try the course on complexity theory first: and emergence:

  • Good short video introducing the basic ideas and definitions.

  • Thank you, you explained it so well!

  • Just taking notes ignore me (: 3:00

  • Systems innovation presents inside looking out POV. For outside looking in POV see

  • If chemical imbalances are also influenced by external surroundings, I’d presume you’d want to take those influences into account. LULZ

  • fantastic video, so well explained. Thanks for sharing

  • Anybody have ideas on strategies to model emergence successfully? can you think of examples in? The incentive for Turing completeness is inescapable. we need better complex models for integration.

  • Thank you for this - I spent ages trying to figure out what this meant and in 6 minutes I got it from your Video :) Brilliant

  • Managers are reluctant to change their perception because they are unaware of preconditioning and biases.

  • Globalization a foundation step to one world government

  • If you want to make an impact you can join Impaakt (​​ they are a crowdsourced sustainability platform that measures the true impact businesses have on the planet on society. If you contribute to the platform by writing impact notes (notes relating to a particular business and their activities or practices) rating impacts note based on their quality and level of impact, you get points and with that, they make contributions to charities. They use the SDG's as a framework and they give free access to everyone so you can view a company impact score, so we can all make better choices about who you work for, shop with and invest in. They also offer free webinars so you can train to become an Impact Analyst.

  • IMO, the last minute (starting c. 6:50) is not an accurate statement of the situation. It implies that so long as we make the worlds megacities more efficient-stop car dependent sprawl using urban nodes instead of large centers?-all will be well. Avoided is the question of overall population and the amount of energy flux needed to provide a decent quality of life. The narrative earlier mentioned the "metabolism" of urban systems; this conclusion loses that key concept. There is not enough energy and material in the world to support the 3 dozen (or more) megacities the video envisions for any length of time; it is not sustainable. If you pause at 7:30 in the video you can see the stark inequity in access to energy (i.e., wealth) between Europe (¾ billion people) and Africa (1.3 billion). This inequity is also not sustainable.

  • Where is the link for the course? There are a half dozen courses listed with the word systems in the title. But not are listed as, 'Systems Change: An Introduction.'

    • The course is not yet produced, videos will be produced and available over the coming weeks you will be able to find them in this playlist when published

  • Given Systems Innovation's mission, it is natural for SSI to focus on understanding the structure of systems; mapping out and then zeroing in on the parts of the systems which are misaligned, including those resulting from emerging processes, which are in essence disruptions which themselves cause misalignments; and expecting that there will be systems innovators who will change/restructure/innovate the systems into smaller collaborative ecosystems that facilitate the flows of resources and information. But aren't individuals themselves systems? And don't individuals make themselves a part of every system with which they interact? Your presentations begins with a fundamental observation about the U.S, public education system and all the unsuccessful attempts at changing its outcomes for the learners. But it immediately leaves the focus of the education system (i.e. the individual) and returns to the Systems Change Course, wittingly or unwittingly implying that this SSI course is for future "systems changers" only, and that everyone else should expect to continue being noting more than a consumer of whatever the new collaborative ecosystems come up with. In short, "Something is rotten in the state of Denmark."

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  • And the animated title says into instead of intro.

  • Awesome! 😃 BUT title says cours instead of course.

  • The Deutsche Bank example spoils it in the end. Any industry has a struggling former giant that has finshed its course and may still be held afloat for reasons of politics. That extreme, non representative example is not a demonstration, but rather weakens the argument. The rest is good though, nice synopsis.

  • great video. well done and thank you, as I make my first foray into the blochain asset management space. can you recommend any good companies that allow holders of crpto currencies to purchase real assets like real estate and traditional infrastructure? thank you.

  • Hope this was useful to you all, sorry about the abrupt ending, probably wasn't such a bad thing though as we had run overtime already (as usual)

    • @Norma Basílio you can email us with the ebook that you are looking for at this link:

    • Systems Innovation Thanks for the info. I was wondering if there wasnt a way to pay individually for e-books that are for premium users only. Instead of becoming premium you could just pay the price of only one pdf

  • Shittest documentary I've ever seen speak English next time you donut

  • Nothing about the system presented in the 80s (Ijiri) is related to the one presented in 2005 by Ian Grigg. Ijiri's triple-entry accounting system grew out of problems he discovered, and presented, based on the double-entry system. These two "triple entry" accounting systems are not solving the same problems, and Ian Grigg's system is merely double-entry on a global or general ledger: it doesn't change the fundamental equation of Assets = Liabilities + Equity, on which the double-entry approach rests. Writing each transaction as a signed receipt isn't really a third entry in the way that [credit] and [debit] are conceptually novel kinds of entries to contrasted ledgers of accounts[0], the innovation to the single-entry approach. [0]:

  • Обсуждение представленного материала следует после прочтения и просмотра

  • Very entertaining! it is doubtful however the current status quo of stalwart bank control would ever allow blockchain to supplant it. The financial system as we know it exists far too close to fiat currency and the governments which control the world economy. it will be far too easy for centralized governments and banks to impose tariffs and taxes blockchain currency rendering it ineffective to an established centralized currency. An example of this has already taken place in China. But, the video is a fun thought experiment.

  • thank you !!! very well explained!

  • "Institutional investors, banks, and other private sector financial institutions oversee trillions of dollars of investible capital. How they choose to deploy these resources will have a large impact on which companies, technologies, and projects succeed and flourish. In a world where the dynamic challenges of climate change, population growth, resource scarcity, and inequality are testing the earth’s limits and our standards for human well-being, it is crucial that these financial actors allocate their capital in a way that accounts for environmental and social risks and supports sustainable solutions."

  • This stinks. Thank you.

  • It’s important to realise the contribution of each individual towards creating problems in this planet

  • This seems so vague "An unordered system is simply a set of things"???? I'm not sure why people need to learn about this I'm really confused. This seems like common sense? At first when elements were mentioned as thought about elements as in elements from the periodic table but I don't think it meant that. I think it just meant elements in a vague way. I don't study this I just came across it but I am a confused as to why people do study it

  • Bird example is based on boids:

  • Is it reasonble to conclude that financialization is in essence the "servitization" of financial instruments?

  • Thank you so much. it really helps a lot to understand better than those class lectures. thanks once again. God bless u

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  • Can you point me to any resources on secondary effects of prediction markets?

  • Yeah Dan created STEEM before EOS.. Where is STEEM on here?

  • There is a much simpler way to express Conway's ruleset if you include the centre cell: if the sum of all 9 cells is 3 or 4 then set the centre to alive else dead.

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  • Animals are also cooperative, they may just not be aware of that 🤔 But they cooperate with nature.

  • Thank you so much for putting this series together!

  • I wouldn’t mind this video if the narration was better.

  • you make it easy to understand, Thank you sir.

  • THANK YOU! I didn't understand the theories when I read about them neither when I went to a lecture but now I do :)))

  • Chaos is the glue that maintains order... The competing forces found in chaos creates the adaptations toward a common goal...

  • The solution of complexity increases complexity as the knowledge advances.

  • There is no God particle... For every particle their is the possibility of the simple division by 2...

  • any berserk fans here?

  • Thank you!

  • Having thought about it overnight, here is a review with questions. In short, jolly interesting, but where is complexity defined? Complexity means different things to different people. And SIMPLE systems can have the properties attributed to complex ones. COMPLEXITY THEORY? Complexity science may be defined as: -1- a set of mathematical models for complex systems: many parts, many connections or dependencies. -2- a study of activity systems in which parts are actors with degree of autonomy. -3- a study of structural patterns, observed or envisaged. Especially any structural pattern that appears in the state of an activity system. E.g. The pattern in leaf, or a flock of geese. BUT NOTE: a structural pattern isn’t itself an activity system. E.g. A road network is not the rules used by traffic on it. And the application of mathematical models to social entities can be problematic. NETWORK STRUCTURES (network types, structures, graph theory) About the connectivity in a topology (road, rail, canal, communication, social network); measures include: average path lengths, centrality. Some say the topology is the “architecture” of a complex system; system rules and dynamics change as the connectivity increases. BUT there are SIMPLE networks; a network differs from systems it enables, and a SIMPLE system can run over a complex network. ADAPTATION (cybernetics, game theory, evolution) Dynamic systems change over time, typically in response to changes in their environment. BUT SURELY one must distinguish homeostatic self-regulation (as in cybernetic control systems) from progressive self-regulation (as the development of leaf pattern), and system mutation (as in biological evolution)? You can have SIMPLE self-regulating systems (e.g. predator-prey). You can have SIMPLE games. NON-LINEAR SYSTEMS (feedback, chaos, instability) Non-linearity arises from inter-dependencies or synergies between parts. Negative feedback (is in homeostasis) is said to be linear (though it may oscillate around a norm) Positive feedback (as in progressive state change) is said to be non-linear. Non-linear exponential growth is unsustainable, must crash, or flip to a new regime or configuration. E.g. heated water flips from liquid to gas. Chaos: meaning a system’s state trajectory is very sensitive to initial conditions. E.g. Butterfly flaps wings > positive feedback > Tornado. BUT why say one state change trajectory is more complex than another? SIMPLE systems can have positive feedback and chaotic state change. SELF-ORGANISING (emergence, synchronization, pattern formation) Emergence requires relationships between parts that are not simply additive; the whole being organized greater or less than the sum of its parts Coherent patterns can emerge from local interactions between autonomous actors. E.g. In a flock of geese, each bird operates under a few simple rules. BUT emergence is found in SIMPLE systems. It isn’t specific to complex or self-organizing systems. And why say organization by autonomous actors is more "complex" than organization imposed on those agents? Order from disorder Some characterize complex systems by the emergence of order (unorganized to organized, disorder to order, high entropy to low entropy.) Energy is turned into organization; order grows in proportion to the amount of chaos dissipated. BUT SURELY order emerges in SIMPLE systems (e.g. a flock of geese)? And what about maintaining order in an already-orderly system? Is that not also self-organizing?

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  • Thank you for putting this together.

  • Thanks on the channel and Thank you so much Dr. Stumberg, your amazing work is an inspiration. I can figure that Patients needs and expectatives are centered on diseases determined by biology, environment and sociocultural operators, on the other hand healthcare systems aim for operationalized diagnostic categories and numeric goals using linear aproaches. From this last i would ask: What can you say about the role of Healthcare profesionals as "agonistic/antagonistic" agents for Healthcare systems redesign? I mean, people are subject to cultural inertia and socially organized workflows not necesarily linked to patient needs... "Old wine on new jars?" PD. Thank you again. Respectful salute from Mexico.

  • It's kinda strange but probably just a coincidence but this is the exact video I have been searching for and every part of it was greatly explained. It is almost as if that complexity has been deliberately been fine tuned into the universe with some ultimate goal like life, then more complex life, conscious animals then to us and since that we humans have come along, we have shot up the complexity like the universe has never seen before. Planet earth must be the complex place in the universe! The amount of variation of life is staggering, music, traffic flow, ants, language, maths, cells, dna, crystals, and a lot more complex things makes earth very unique.

  • what do we mean by validation and validity in this video?

  • Great content, thank you

  • You are doing great job. your channel and website really helped me in understanding complex systems❤❤

  • Thank you a lot

  • Thank you, SI, for providing a most comprehensive explanation of political systems innovation. I am, however, still somewhat confused. SI seems to be proposing that given the current context, the innovated political systems that could emerge to "enable selection and evolution at the heart of the political organization and enable the individual's input with the use of tokens via direct, real-time interaction" would ultimately result in the end of the Republic form of government like that existing in the United States, and that its replacement would be some form of "direct democracy", one involving outcomes based on the will of the majority, and comprising a process in which each individual builds their personal economic reputation (as judged by other participants in the system) as reflected by the quality of their token investments in successful blockchain-platform systems, and in which the individual establishes their personal social reputation, as measured by the token investments (something resembling "social credits") that others make in qualifying, quantifying and establishing the individual's "personal trustworthiness" - that is to say, the personal conduct of the individual as a participant in the exchange-of-value transactions occurring in blockchain-platform systems. Am I wrong?

    • Yes, but it is just outlining the structural changes that need to come about not so much specific detailed recommendations.

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  • The danger is not that the emergent hyper-connected network will fail before it is viable. The danger is that someone - some autonomous centralized sector/industry or sector/industry organization, or some detached/indifferent centralized system of governance or union of governments -- will leverage the network's hyper-connectivity against the interests of everything and everyone involved after it is already too late for anyone to abort the viable, already fully emergent hyper-connected tissue.

  • Again thank you!

  • Wonderful documentary,

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  • If you're here to learn about cooperative games, gear up to be disappointed.

  • And please discuss shortened feedback loops, please and thank you

  • Oh my God I am seriously tearing up 😭this is so inspirational right now

  • Thanks to everyone who joined us for this event, it was great starting this new live streaming format, lots more to come

  • Wow this is the best documentary that i have ever been watch.

  • I have the impression too much emphasis is being placed on the distinction between strong and weak emergence?!?!?! For a thorough analysis, we need to take into account the interactions with the environment, big deal? Stating that string theory is only one piece of the puzzle seems a moot point. Overall informative video.


  • I have been talking about the power of consumers - what do you think?

  • Awesome! 😃

  • Replicate awesome ideas for cities! Yay! 😃

  • Your "for better or worse" statement concerning global cities driving the world forward is not only subtle, It seems shaded, even intentionally lost in the positive emphasis you give to the emergence of networked global cities. Is this intentional?

    • I hope your subscribers know what sustainability crisis you are referring to, and that they understand what it involves, because I don't.

    • Well, we shouldn't forget how unsustainable the whole process currently is, this development is at the heart of the sustainability crisis and it still has to be determined how that ends, it may be for the better or the worse... still to be seen

  • Awesome! 😃

  • Extremely good. 😃

  • You have used systems thinking to explain the relationship between the elements of analysis and synthesis in the context of the holistic model - synthesis objectively wins lol!

  • Cognitive Science: A branch of psychology that aims to figuratively find out how minds work without literally having to figure out how minds work. Not to be confused with 2nd generation cognitive science, which aims to literally figure out how minds work without figuring. 2nd Generation Cognitive Science: Coined by the linguist George Lakoff. In contrast to to 1st generation cognitive science, holds that behavior occurs primarily due to the influence of sensori-motor areas of the body, or 'embodiment'. That means that your day to day decisions are more likely to be due to that day old burrito you ate this morning than any purely thinking processes going on in your noggin, which come to think of it makes sense. from Dr. Mezmer’s World of Bad Psychology, found on an internet near you!

  • Absolutely one of the greatest videos of complexity lab, can you have similar videos like this

    • Thinking of doing one on the information revolution and the next generation Web stay tuned

  • In other words, Systems Innovation is a "centralized decentralized autonomous organization", right?

    • @Pncicitap Aha, don't disagree there but do you mind elaborating? I feel like you're alluding to us being inherently power hungry and greedy?

    • My bet is on human nature. It will get in the way. It always has and it always will.

    • A “decentralized centralized decentralized autonomous organization”* but only for now 😉 All about utility of the current networks that are available 😊

    • In a sense yes, platforms, they centralize and decentralize.

  • are you on the autism spectrum?