Welcome to SFI’s Applied Complexity Network
Organizations suffer when their leaders rely on simplistic, linear, or classical thinking to address complex problems.
Leaders spend the majority of their time confronting complex problems in domains as diverse as R&D, regulation, technology change, operations, organizational structure, IT, strategy, security, marketing, politics, international relations, and more. The Santa Fe Institute's Applied Complexity Network helps members effectively employ complex systems insights to better achieve their organization’s goals. SFI is the world headquarters for complex systems science. By jointly exploring a variety of complex systems from different perspectives, ACtioN members gain new understandings that enable them to engage their own organizations and more effectively address challenges.
For more information, please contact us at ACtioN@santafe.edu
ACtioN Topical Meetings
Jointly organized by SFI and member organizations, these meetings take advantage of SFI’s unique convening power to bring together the biggest thinkers from SFI and beyond to explore how complexity thinking applies to relevant real-world challenges.
Vitamin A (Advanced) Meetings
Members have unique opportunities to participate in select, advanced scientific workshops at the Institute.
Vitamin B (Business) Meetings
These meetings follow shortly after select scientific SFI workshops and highlight the workshop insights that are most relevant for business and organizational decision makers.
Vitamin C (Complexity) Meetings
Our annual three-day ACtioN symposium offers members a unique opportunity to participate in in-depth discussions that kick off a new research theme for the Institute.
Members' special access to the SFI community offers unparallelled opportunities to connect with in-demand complexity thinkers in the early stages of their careers. It’s a recruitment opportunity you won’t find anywhere else.
ACtioN Complexity Explorer
A curated version of SFI’s popular massive open online courses (MOOCs) in complexity features timely content on a variety of topics demonstrating how complexity can be applied to real-world challenges.
Vertex keeps members up to date on the latest ideas and research papers from SFI, with a view to how emerging concepts apply to members' organizations and how peers are tackling their toughest business challenges.
Complexity Intelligence Reports - Current Topics
Current Topics Intelligence Reports highlight and offer insights from recent SFI scientific meetings. They help keep ACtioN members engaged in the Institute’s ongoing discovery.
Complexity Intelligence Reports - Classics
Classic Intelligence Reports provide succinct summaries of the core concepts of complex systems science, making it easy to review the canon or to spread complexity science throughout a member's organization.
Complex Systems Summer School
SFI's Complex Systems Summer School offers a month-long multidisciplinary introduction to complex behavior in mathematical, physical, living, and social systems. Five tuition-free seats are reserved for ACtioN members.
Problem Studios engage SFI's scientific community in a sponsoring member's question. On day one of this three-day event, the sponsor presents a problem to interested SFI reseearchers. Breakout discussions over the next two and a half days provide the sponsor with actionable insights.
ACtioN members can sponsor a Discussion Studio at SFI to advance understanding in a particular, complexity-relevant academic area. In addition to the sponsor's representatives, scholars from across academia are invited to participate. Discussion Studios are led by an SFI faculty member.
Studio Retreats bring focused complex systems insights to an ACtioN member's senior leadership. These retreats blend the best of executive education and moderated discussion to help the sponsoring ACtioN member's leadership apply complexity science to their most pressing decisions.
Customized Executive Education
SFI's education team can collaborate with ACtioN members to create bespoke education programs customized for any subgroup of the member's organization.
Whether you’re grappling with the seemingly random whims of the global economy, rebooting your R&D program, or tackling any other complex challenge, ACtioN is an invaluable resource for breakout thinking. As an ACtioN member, you’ll connect with brilliant thinkers and join like-minded professionals who, like you, are applying complexity concepts and modeling to help their organizations thrive. Interested? For more information about joining ACtioN, contact us at ACtioN@santafe.edu
Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group
Credit Suisse Asset Management
Deloitte Center for Edge Innovation
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Deere & Company
BlueMountain Capital Management
IPSOS Science Centre
Janus Capital Group
JMB Capital Partners
The MITRE Corporation
Thornburg Investment Management
Willis Towers Watson
Harding Loevner LP
Takeda Pharmaceutical Company
Descartes Labs, Inc.
Contact us to learn what ACtioN membership can do for your company.