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A TEDx talk with John Holland "Building Blocks and Innovation"


John Holland is one of the acknowledged founders of the emerging science of complexity and a Plexus Institute advisor. He is professor of psychology, electrical engineering and computer science at University of Michigan. He serves on the Santa Fe Institute Board of Trustees and the board's Executive Committee, and is a member of the Institute's external faculty. Among John's many publications are Hidden Order: How Adaptation Builds Complexity and Emergence: From Chaos To Order. Among his many awards is a MacArthur prize.

Emergence, a NOVA video on PBS featuring John Holland,



Dan Pesut on Complexity Theory

Daniel Pesut, PhD, APRN, BC FAAN has more than 30 years experience in nursing practice, education, administration and research. He is board certified as an advanced practice psychiatric mental health nurse. He is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. He is a former chair of the Plexus Institute Board of trustees.


Complexity in Networks: A Guided Tour by Melanie Mitchell

Melanie Mitchell, Portland State University en Santa Fe Institute - "Complexity in networks: a Guided Tour" @ Tweede Nationale Dag van de Zelforganisatie, 10 November 2010, De Doelen, Rotterdam She is the author of Complexity: A Guided Tour, Oxford University Press, 2011


Boids, by Craig Reynolds


The Illusion of Complexity – Neuroactivity and Complex Behavior


A Short History of Nearly Everything




Baskin, Ken, Goldstein, Jeffrey, and Lindberg, Curt, "Growing a Stroke Center Chunk by Chunk," a story from St. Luke’s Hospital, Kansas City, MO

Camazine, Scott, "Patterns in Nature," Natural History, June 2003, p. 34-41. (pdf)
The natural world abounds in eye-catching patterns. Consider the synchronized movements of a school of fish gliding through deep ocean waters; or the coordinated turns and swoops of a flock of starlings whirling among tall trees before coming to rest on a telephone wire. How do all the individuals in the school or the flock avoid collisions with their neighbors? How do they orchestrate their graceful movements? The living world is filled with striped and mottled patterns of contrasting colors; with sculptural equivalents of those patterns realized as surface crests and troughs; with patterns of organization and behavior even among individual organisms. People have long been tempted to find some obscure "intelligence" behind all these biological patterns.


Goldberger, Ary, "Complex Systems,” Giles F. Filley Lecture


Goldstein, Jeffrey, Resource Guide and Glossary for Nonlinear/Complex Systems Terms (pdf)


Lindberg, Curt, et al, Embracing collaboration: A novel strategy for reducing bloodstream infections in outpatient hemodialysis centers (link)
Published online: 10 December 2012 DOI: 10.1016/j.ajic.2012.07.015 American Journal of Infection Control


Lindberg, Curt, and Schneider, Marguerite, "Leadership in a Complex Adaptive System, Insights from Positive Deviance,” Selected as a Best Paper 2012 Academy of Management

Citation: Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, 2012.

Scott, John G., et al, "Understanding Healing Relationships in Family Care" Annals of Family Medicine, Vol. 6 No. 4, July/August 2008 pp 315-322 (pdf)
Healing relationships between doctors and patients have certain underlying structures that may also be common to healing relationship in general, a recent study suggests. Researchers found certain processes followed by doctors foster healing relationships with patients. They are creation of a nonjudgmental emotional bond, management of the clinician power to benefit the patient, and a commitment to caring for the patient over time. For patients the positive outcomes of these processes are hope, trust and a sense of being known. These outcomes also benefit the physicians.



Christakis, Nicholas, and Fowler, James, Connected: The Surprising Power of our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives, Little, Brown and Co., New York, 2009


Johnson, Steven, Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation, Riverhead Books, a Division of Penguin Group Inc., New York, 2010


Strogatz, Steven, Sync: The Universe, Nature and Daily Life, Hyperion, New York, 2003


Waldrop, Mitchell, Complexity: The Emerging Science at the Edge of Order and Chaos Simon & Schuster, New York 1993


Zolli, Andrew, and Healy, Anne Marie, Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back, Free Press, New York, 2012


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