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Wednesday, August 5 • 14:00 - 14:30
Implications of a Theory of Emergent Nested Systems

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Nested systems and phenomena of emergence are usually treated as separate concepts. I present a first attempt to combine them into a theory of emergent nested systems. Conceptualizing complex systems as emergent nested systems implies that there is real novelty, i.e., novelty that cannot be predicted. This has major implications, e.g., on forecasting and planning in complex systems. Some novelty may be wanted, other novelty may be undesired. How shall we deal with unpredictable novelty?

A further implication of a theory of emergent nested systems  is that nested systems change faster than nesting systems.  Discerning complex systems by their relative frequencies of their activities allows two developments. First, boundaries around ontologically real systems can be objectively drawn. Furthermore, one can see how the relative frequencies of systems relate to their position in the nested systems whole. This, in turn, allows to deduce new ways to effectively influence complex systems in three principle ways. First, one may work within the slowly-changing given rules of a nesting system, second, one may try to break up such rules by fast and alternative activities, or, third, one may try to change the rules of the nesting system directly. Conceptualizing complex systems as emergent and nested is thus relevant for discerning, understanding, and influencing complex systems. Novel approaches, in particular relevant to the applied sciences, informing activities of development in complex systems, such as urban systems, arise from this theory of emergent nested systems. For example, the theory of emergent nested systems helps to better understand the notion of innovation as well as strategies of bottom-up and top-down activities.


Presenter / Artist

Christian Walloth

University of Duisburg-Essen
PhD Student

Wednesday August 5, 2015 14:00 - 14:30 CEST
Copenhagen 1 Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz, Gabriele-Tergit-Promenade 19, 10963 Berlin, Germany

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