Theories of Systems, Complexity, and Chaos

Instructor: Sean Esbjorn-Hargens

At Ubiquity, we understand that we live in an ever-increasing world of complexity. Thus we turn to the advance of new theories of complexity to understand our historical moment and the leadership required to meet the global challenges we face. There are three major areas of theoretical development that provide essential insights into complexity. This course is dedicated to becoming familiar with theories of systems, complexity and chaos and exploring what leadership informed by these theories looks like. By understanding complexity from numerous angles and scales we will be able to increase our intimacy with the world and our effectiveness as change leaders in that world.

Course Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course students should be able to understand:

  1. Identify and describe the unique strengths and limitations of the three theories of systems, complexity and chaos.
  2. Appreciate the role that theories of complexity play in creating leadership for the 21st century.
  3. Use integral theory as a framework to situate and critique various theories of complexity.
  4. Apply meta-principles of complexity in a concrete way to specific examples in their own life.
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