Systems, Complexity and NetworksFebruary 28, 2011 Leave a comment
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A shared e-mail from Curtis to Gibran
Was just thinking of you, especially in light of the following tweet, which I really want to discuss with you (and others at IISC if they are interested) – The evolution is from systems, to complexity to networks – these transcend and include each other. Great stuff, and I want to explore this more. I want to understand it better. To me these are almost like apples and oranges, all related, and I want to see what Jeff (and perhaps you) see as the nested nature of these. To me complexity is a state, a dynamic. Systems and networks have overlap in my mind, but I am still struggling to clearly articulate the difference. Something like – systems are the background of complex relationships and dynamics in which networks are embedded. And already I feel like I’m getting a little circular here. Or how about this – for a network to be effective (aware and intentional) it must understand (or at least appreciate) the systemic environment in which it exists and also have an appreciation of the dynamics of complexity therein (so that it does not simply default to old school coalition-like activity).