What is Complexity?
Making sense of the whole as more than the sum of its parts.
Complex systems are made up of components, which interact with each other and their environment. Through layers and networks of interaction, novel information is created which makes it hard to predict the future behavior of the system. Studying components of these systems in isolation, without interaction, simply isn't enough! Join us on our quest as we attempt to understand the relationship between these networks of interaction and the "emergent" properties they produce within important, real-world complex systems.
Explore Complexity from Different Perspectives
Discover diverse and inclusive approaches to tackle global issues.
Complexity is an interdisciplinary and inclusive framework for studying, designing, and controlling complex system behavior, such as global pandemics, extreme weather events, electoral politics, economic recovery, and poverty. Since 2019, many of the teams formed during our events continue working together to this day.
What Can You Expect During a Summit?
There are many ways to participate in a Summit cohort, and all of them are equally valid. Choose your own adventure! All modes of participation are welcome as we navigate our personal and team Complexity journeys together.
April 2023 Summit Guides
At Complexity Adventure events, Guides lead interactive sessions, mentor teams, share Complexity knowledge and experience, host impactful connections, introduce problem-solving frameworks and tooling, and ultimately help individuals and teams accomplish their goals.
Andrea's work lives at the intersection of philosophy, environmental studies, neuroscience, and technology. The theme that unites these diverse pursuits for her is the theme of Waymaking, how we move and are moved by all encountering.
Probal is the co-founder and CEO of the design-led collective, Depicentre Consulting. He works on the interfaces of business, learning, design, analytics, innovation, and storytelling. With leadership experience across seven countries strengthening his ability to manage cross-cultural and cross-functional virtual teams in complex matrix organisations, he has a passion for driving content- and culture- driven organisations making economic, social, ecological, and educational impact. He has been able to design effective products, services, and solutions, serving customers and building successful coalitions.
Co-Founder and CEO at Depicentre Consulting
Shaun co-founded Complexity Weekend to empower teams to "Learn Complexity by Doing" while working to solve the world's toughest problems together. At Microsoft, Shaun leads a team of full-stack (Python/Scala) data scientists and engineers, which has developed access management scoring and anomaly detection systems to enforce the Principle of Least Privilege throughout data centers worldwide. His personal research interests involve combining Complexity Science with Thermodynamics/Statistical Mechanics axioms to peek at fundamental properties of emergent phenomena.
Principal Data Scientist at Microsoft; Co-Founder at Gem Finders; Co-Founder at Complexity Adventures
Barb Siegel is an artist with professional experience in organization development and visual practice. Her passion is to help organizations understand and apply complexity thinking and confluent communication.
Originally from Pakistan, Farhat is interested in application of complexity theory to Pakistan-Afghanistan-based terror groups and the related state policies. Farhat has a Ph.D in Sociology of Law from the University of Oslo and now works as an Associate Professor at the University of Tromsø in Norway.
Associate Professor at University of Tromsø, Norway
As a Social Entrepreneur, Yolanda specializes in creating boutique brands & businesses which use indigenous African wisdom: ingredients, products, and educational experiences to enhance health and wellness; for the one and the many. She is based in Cape Town, South Africa.
Founder and CEO at LithaFlora African Botanicals
Ashwin is an educator and pre-doctoral researcher with 5 years of research experience in cognitive science and CSS. I participated in Complexity weekend November 2021 and stumbled into an incredible CSS research collaboration that continues still!
Researcher and Developer at Educational Initiatives, Bangalore
What people are saying about Complexity Adventures
Since 2019, over 100 Guides have mentored over 750 Adventurers, with more than 50 teams emerging to work on complex issues together. Join this robust global community of Applied Complexity practitioners!
April 2023 Summit Organizers
Organizers are often in the background as Guides and Adventurers interact. Their mission is to create accessible environments and structures to encourage prosocial and productive interactions among community members, and to support Guides as much as possible.
Sarah is working on her Masters in Applied Behavioral Analysis and Educational Psychology. Her interests include gamification of education, narrative and myth, knowledge management, DAO governance, and writing about herself in the 3rd person for biographies (or moreso avoiding writing about herself in the 3rd person for biographies). She loves exposure to new ideas and new projects. Complexity Adventures has become a very warm home for both, and she can’t wait to see what the community becomes over time.
Daniel Ari Friedman
Daniel is a postdoctoral researcher with primary focus on the distributed physiology and evolutionary genomics in the eusocial insects. He is also interested in topics related to remote teams, cognitive security, and open science. Daniel has been involved in Complexity through located events and online communities of practice such as Complexity Weekend and previously, the Stanford Complexity Group.
Shaun co-founded Complexity Adventures to empower teams to "Learn Complexity by Doing" while working to solve the world's toughest problems together. At Microsoft, Shaun leads a team of full-stack (Python/Scala) data scientists and engineers, which has developed access management scoring and anomaly detection systems to enforce the Principle of Least Privilege throughout data centers worldwide. His personal research interests involve combining Complexity Science with Thermodynamics/Statistical Mechanics axioms, to peek at fundamental properties of emergent phenomena.