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 Events

Members Benefits

To bring the benefits of complex systems thinking to the whole organization, ACtioN provides accessible educational materials and recruitment programs. To make complex systems insights applicable for each member, ACtioN facilitates directed engagement with the world’s best complex systems scientists. To further the dissemination of best practices for harnessing the advantages of complex systems thinking, ACtioN cultivates a community of scientists and decision-makers acting on complex systems.

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.

Recruiting Events

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 Newsletter

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.

Exclusive Member Opportunities

ACtioN membership often serves as a first step towards a deeper relationship with SFI. Members have the unique opportunity to take advantage of our Studio program and our customized Executive Education programs.

Problem Studios

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.

Discussion Studios

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

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.


Join ACtioN

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


Our member community brings together business leaders and innovators from more than 30 member organizations.



Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group

Credit Suisse Asset Management

Deloitte Center for Edge Innovation


Pfizer Inc.


Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Deere & Company


Thomson Reuters

Morgan Stanley

Baillie Gifford

BlueMountain Capital Management

ClearBridge Investments

Dialog Group

Honeybee Capital

IPSOS Science Centre

Janus Capital Group

JMB Capital Partners


Steelcase, Inc.


The MITRE Corporation

Thornburg Investment Management

Vizient, Inc.

Willis Towers Watson



Harding Loevner LP

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company


Descartes Labs, Inc.

Contact Us

Contact us to learn what ACtioN membership can do for your company.