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The Complexity Podcast. Stories, interviews & casual conversations about the systems that shape our world & our work. Drawing inspiration from science, business and everyday life, we explore how understanding complex systems can help us make sense of the world.
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The Complexity Podcast 

Stories, interviews & casual conversations about the systems that shape our world & our work. Drawing inspiration from science, business and everyday life, we explore how understanding complex systems can help us make sense of the world, especially our human systems.

Jun 14, 2018

In this episode, Haley interviews research professor and leader of the Self-Organizing Systems Lab at UNAM, Carlos Gershenson. Gershenson discusses some findings from his book, Complexity 5 Questions, which is comprised of "interview style contributions by leading figures in the field of complexity.” He also shares his own perspectives on the past, present and future of complexity science, as well as how philosophy plays a role in the emergence of this field.

Jun 7, 2018

In this episode preview, we share a clip from our interview with Carlos Gershenson. Gershenson is a tenured research professor at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. He is also Editor-in-Chief of Complexity Digest as well as Council Member of the Complex Systems Society. We asked Gershenson, do you believe there is a stand alone science of complexity?

Jun 1, 2018

In this episode, Angie talks with academic and management consultant and co-author of Embracing Complexity, Jean Boulton. Boulton shares her excitement about the only MSc Holistic Science programme in world offered at Schumacher College where she will be a tutor and lecturer this Fall. She explains how chaos, complexity and Gaia theories are integrated in this unique programme to help students understand the emergent properties of whole systems. Learn more at schumachercollege.org.uk

May 24, 2018

In this episode, Angie interviews author, public speaker and co-founder and CEO of Wisdom Works, Renee Moorefield. Moorefield discusses her passion for systems thinking and how she uses this way of seeing the world to help others thrive as living systems and leaders. She explains how to nurture our innate capacity to thrive through self-awareness and holistic thinking practices. She also shares many different books, resources and stories which have helped shape her perspectives and guide her work.

May 10, 2018

In this episode, Haley talks with physicist, complexity scientist, and MIT professor, Cesar Hidalgo. Hidalgo discusses his interest in the physics of networks and complex system science and shares why he believes these fields are so important. He talks about his book, Why Information Grows: The Evolution of Order, from Atoms to Economies, which takes a scientific look at global economic complexity. Hidalgo also shares how economic development is linked to making networks more knowledgeable.

May 9, 2018

In this episode preview, we share a clip from our interview with physicist, complexity scientist, and MIT professor, Cesar Hidalgo. Hidalgo shares his definition of complex systems.  

 

 

 
May 3, 2018

In this episode, Angie and Haley recap the WorkHuman Conference and share live interviews from the event. They share Haley’s interview with Jennifer Fondrevey, a Chief Humanity Officer who specializes in mergers and acquisitions and seeks to rediscover the humanity in business. They also share Angie’s interview with Angela Romei, Director at Panorama and leader of the Paid Leave Program. Angela discusses why paid leave is a requirement for a more human workplace. She also explores the unintended consequences of not providing paid leave and shares several resources for leaders to plan and execute paid leave programs for their employees. Let's work happy!

Apr 26, 2018

In this episode, Angie talks with entrepreneur, public speaker, and systems thinker Amber Christian. Christian discusses how to build strong business relationships through personalization, technology, journey mapping, and transparent processes. She also shares how systems thinking can be used to understand whole processes, identify unintended consequences, and strengthen network connections. 

Apr 19, 2018

How does chaos influence creativity? How can “flow states” help teams manage feedback and achieve creativity? In this episode, Haley interviews designer, educator and author, Jon Kolko. Kolko shares details from his new book, Creative Clarity: A Practical Guide for Bringing Creative Thinking into Your Company, which he wrote to help leaders and creative thinkers manage the complexity and chaos of the creative process. During his interview, he explains how elements of complex systems science, including emergence, constraints, feedback and framing, influence the creative process. He also provides many helpful tips for how to foster a culture of creativity within an organization.

Apr 12, 2018

What is “real” magic? How is magic tied to consciousness? How will magic play a role in the future of science? In this episode, Angie interviews author and Chief Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, Dean Radin. Radin discusses his scientific research on mind-matter interaction, consciousness, psychic phenomenon and esoteric magic. He also shares details from his new book, Real Magic, including what scientifically-informed magic actually is and how magic will play a key role in exploring the frontiers of science.

Apr 6, 2018

In this episode, we share a live interview from the WorkHuman Conference with Erica Keswin, Founder of the Spaghetti Project and author of the forthcoming book, Bring Your Human to Work:Ten Sure-Fire Ways to Design a Workplace That is Good for People, Great for Business and Just Might Change the World. Erica is passionate about the science and stories of connection at work because as she mentions, “left to our own devices, we are not connecting”. During her interview, she talks with Angie about her new book and shares the details of her presentation at WorkHuman about how to be more authentic at work.

Mar 29, 2018

In this episode, Angie interviews Assistant Professor at the New England Complex Systems Institute (NECSI) and Visiting Scientist and the MIT Media Lab, Alfredo Morales. Professor Morales works in the areas of complex systems, AI, data science, and human behavior to develop both methods and insights that help solve complex societal problems. During his interview, he shares details from the AI and Beyond Program at NECSI, a five day certificate program where he presented alongside, Stephen Wolfram, Iyad Rahwan, and Yaneer Bar-Yam. He also discusses some unintended consequences that could arise from artificial intelligence and how complexity science can help us integrate AI systems more effectively.

Mar 22, 2018

Why is it important for AIs to experience unconditional love?Can robots teach you to love? In this episode, Haley interviews author, systems thinker, researcher, and public speaker, Dr. Julia Mossbridge. Dr. Mossbridge is a Visiting Scholar in the Psychology Department at Northwestern University, lead Robot Psychologist at Hanson Robotics, the Director of the Innovation Lab at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, and founder of the Mossbridge Institute. She is also the Principal Investigator and Team Lead for the Developing LOVing INtelligent General AIs or LOVING AIs project. During her interview, Dr. Mossbridge discusses the LOVING AIs project, which “addresses how AI agents can communicate unconditional love to humans through conversations that adapt to the unique needs of each user while supporting integrative personal and relational development”. She also shares why she believes it’s so important for AIs to experience unconditional love.

Mar 8, 2018

What is artificial intelligence? Could unintended consequences arise from our increased use of this technology? How will the role of humans change with AI? How will AI evolve in the next 10 years? In this episode, Haley interviews leading complex systems scientist, Professor of Computer Science at Portland State University, and external professor at the Santa Fe Institute, Melanie Mitchell. Professor Mitchell answers many profound questions about the field of artificial intelligence and gives specific examples of how this technology is being used today. She also provides some insights to help us navigate our relationship with AI as it becomes more popular in the coming years.

Mar 1, 2018

In this episode, Angie interviews WorkHuman Radio Host and Social Marketing Manager at Globoforce, Mike Wood. Globoforce is the leading social recognition provider who is pioneering the WorkHuman movement, a movement “to galvanize leaders worldwide to harness the transformative power of people for the next generation of HR”. The WorkHuman Conference will take place in our hometown of Austin, Texas this year from April 2nd - 5th. We will be attending this event and sharing highlights from their amazing lineup of speakers, so stay tuned!

Feb 22, 2018

In this episode, Angie interviews author of Embracing Complexity: Strategic Perspectives for an Age of Turbulence, Jean Boulton, who is also an academic and management consultant, specializing in complexity theory. Boulton talks with us about many different concepts including: how complexity thinking compares to systems thinking, change management, organizational strategy, complexity as a worldview, and even how this field is shining a light on climate change.

Feb 21, 2018

In this episode preview, we share a clip from our interview with co-author of Embracing Complexity, Jean Boulton. Boulton shares her view of how systems thinking compares to complexity thinking.

 

Feb 8, 2018

In this episode, Angie interviews author and integrator, Jeremy Lent. Lent integrates systems biology, complexity science and neuroscience with ancient wisdom traditions to explore how different cultures throughout human history have created meaning. He shares many perspectives from his book, The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of Humanities Search for Meaning, including research and analysis of how humanity has gotten to where it is today and where it could be heading.

Feb 2, 2018

In this episode preview, we share a clip from our interview with author and integrator, Jeremy Lent. Lent brings together Western and Eastern worldviews, science, spiritual wisdom, and embodied experience. He shares his perspective on how reductionism— the same mindset that led to the Scientific Revolution— has also led many people to believe a dangerous story...that humanity is separate from nature.  

Jan 25, 2018

In this episode, Haley talks with scientist, psychophysiologist, and the Executive Vice President and Director of Research at HeartMath Institute, Dr. Rollin McCraty. Dr. McCraty shares stories and examples from scientific research about the complex nature of heart coherence, intuition, and consciousness. He also talks about HeartMath’s Global Coherence Research, which encompasses scientific data on the interconnectivity of all living systems through the Earth’s magnetic field. When wrapping up, Dr. McCraty emphasizes the importance of practicing self-awareness and self-regulation in order to bring ourselves into balance with the heart’s intuitive guidance and reach higher levels of consciousness.

Jan 11, 2018

In this episode, Haley interviews author and developer of TEPP (The Embodied Present Process) Philip Shepherd. Philip explains how Western culture has led us to believe the story of separation and isolation and he urges us to learn how to feel and embrace our complex and deeply interconnected reality. He also shares why the embodied present process is critical for personal growth and truly radical wholeness.

Jan 11, 2018

In this episode preview, we share a clip from our interview with embodiment coach and author Philip Shepherd. Philip discusses the importance of balancing objective knowledge with self-knowledge in order to thrive within all living systems.

Dec 29, 2017

In this episode, Haley and Angie reflect on all the topics they have discussed with guests in 2017 and share exciting news about future guests in 2018 (including interviews with Melanie Mitchell from the Santa Fe Institute and Jean Boulton co-author of Embracing Complexity). They also share their full length interview conducted earlier this year with Professor Yaneer Bar-Yam, President of the New England Complex Systems Institute. Happy New Year from the HumanCurrent!

Nov 30, 2017

In this episode, Haley interviews journalist, life coach, and host of the Happy Melly podcast, Sam Mednick. Sam talks about the importance of emotional intelligence and shares her philosophy on living a more happy and fulfilled life. She also shares a few stories from South Sudan where she is currently working and writing.

Nov 16, 2017

In this episode, Haley interviews complexity thinker and founder of NOBL Collective, Bud Caddell. Bud explains how NOBL designs human-driven systems which enable teams to become more empowered, inspired, and engaged. He also describes how his understanding and application of complex system science has influenced his mission to expand access to meaningful work.“I fundamentally believe that meaningful work is a human right.” - Bud Caddell

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