This presentation from Russ Ackoff is from a 1994 event hosted by Clare Crawford-Mason and Lloyd Dobyns to capture the Learning and Legacy of Dr. W. Edwards Deming. Russ knew Dr. Deming and speaks here about the difference between "continuous improvement" and "discontinuous improvement" as seen through the lens of systems thinking.
Emergence - Complexity from Simplicity, Order from Chaos
Emergent complexity can arise from simple interactions between agents following rules. The complexity that arises is surprising and challenges our assumptions about whether order comes from the top or the bottom. Life and consciousness are examples of emergent phenomena. Features conversation with renowned complexity scientist John Holland. Professionally done.
Melanie Mitchell - "Complexity in Networks: A Guided Tour"
Melanie Mitchell, Portland State University and Santa Fe Institute - "Complexity in networks: a Guided Tour." This leading complexity scientist explores complexity science and networks. It is a video of a lecture.
The Complexity Of Life
Well done professionally produced introduction to complex systems – how interactions among parts produce systems, such as flowers.
The Illusion Of Complexity - Neuroactivity And Complex Behaviour
Exploration of complex systems through examination of ant colony behavior and dynamics and the human mind.
A Short History Of Nearly Everything
How the universe, life on earth and human consciousness emerged from three simple particles…..examples of increasingly complexity of life.
Arthur Clarke - Fractals - The Colors Of Infinity
Arthur C. Clarke presents this unusual documentary on the mathematical discovery of the Mandelbrot Set (M-Set) in the visually spectacular world of fractal geometry. This show relates the science of the M-Set to nature in a way that seems to identify the hand of God in the design of the universe itself. Dr. Mandelbrot in 1980 discovered the infinitely complex geometrical shape called the Mandelbrot Set using a very simple equation with computers and graphics. Broadcast on PBS, this is a superb introduction to fractals, a central concept of complex systems. It is presented in 6 parts.
Hunting the hidden dimension
This film, a Nova broadcast, is about looking at the world around us in a completely different way. If you pay attention, you can see that fractals appear throughout nature. But until Benoit Mandelbrot came along, no one really understood what was there all along. You may not know it, but fractals, like the air you breathe, are all around you. Their irregular, repeating shapes are found in cloud formations and tree limbs, in stalks of broccoli and craggy mountain ranges, even in the rhythm of the human heart. In this film, the film makers take viewers on a fascinating quest with a group of maverick mathematicians determined to decipher the rules that govern fractal geometry. For centuries, fractal-like irregular shapes were considered beyond the boundaries of mathematical understanding. Now, mathematicians have finally begun mapping this uncharted territory. Their remarkable findings are deepening our understanding of nature and stimulating a new wave of scientific, medical, and artistic innovation stretching from the ecology of the rain forest to fashion design. Benoit Mandelbrot coined the word "fractal," from the Latin word fractus, meaning irregular or broken up. In 1980, Mandelbrot published a mesmerizing image known as the Mandelbrot set. The intricate, mysterious beauty of this image, which was generated by a single mathematical function, won him acclaim from an unexpected quarter—the world of popular culture. But fractals are more than pretty pictures. Almost all living things distribute nutrients through their bodies via branching networks, such as systems of blood vessels, that obey the rules of fractal geometry. In Toronto, physicist Peter Burns is making a mathematical model of blood vessels to find ways to diagnose cancer earlier than is now possible. In Boston, cardiologist Ary Goldberger has discovered that, contrary to centuries of belief, a healthy human heartbeat does not have an even pattern like a metronome but rather a jagged, variable fractal pattern—a discovery that one day may help doctors diagnose cardiac disease before damage is done.