Tag Archives: Complex Adaptive Systems

Putting Culture back into Nature


We have spread across and changed our world. Change is the constant. But it is maintaining the integrity of our systems that is more important than whether there is any particular ‘natural state’. Continue reading

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Nature and Corporate Neoliberal Economics in Conflict


The laws of nature and the laws of corporate-based neoliberal economics are in conflict. Continue reading

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Seeing the World System of Weeds – Or – Do Androids dream of Intelligent Sheep? A Compleat Ramble


An anecdote about our research focus on ‘weeds’.  I was a little mischievously provocative about our ‘weed’ research at Otago University.  I remembered an Aldo Leopold article in one of my books of his essays (no, I can’t be bothered … Continue reading

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Managing Complexity and Uncertainty in Natural and Socio-Ecological Systems


I wrote most of this as an internal document for a Regional Council in 2009 when it was apparent that both the internal management style and the approach to the wider natural systems and communities was not conducive to long … Continue reading

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Resilience Principles: Managing for an Uncertain Future


Below are three sets of principles for dealing with an uncertain world.  Updated. First, there has to be recognition that the world is complex and uncertain! “In his book The End of Certainty, Prigogine notes that “If the world were … Continue reading

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