Complexity Science: Out of the Box Thinking for Tomorrow's World 2017 - About 2017

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Complexity Science: Out of the Box Thinking 2017


Out of the Box Thinking for Tomorrow’s World

Sana Fe Institute:


The Santa Fe Institute is a private, not-for-profit, independent research and education center founded in 1984, for transdisciplinary collaborations in the physical, biological, computational, and social sciences. Understanding of complex adaptive systems is critical to addressing key environmental, technological, biological, economic, and political challenges. Renowned scientists and researchers come to Santa Fe Institute from universities, government agencies, research institutes, and private industry to collaborate in attempts to uncover the mechanisms that underlie the deep simplicity present in our complex world. The Santa Fe Institute was founded by George Cowan, who at the time was a Senior Fellow at Los Alamos Laboratory, he used to get together with other Senior Fellows for lunch every now and then. During these lunches, the idea of starting an institution where scientists could pursue problem-driven science (versus the usual imperatives of paradigm or funding-driven science) directed at the "hard" problems was hatched. Organization: SFI has a steady state of about thirty-five researchers in residence year round, with around twice that number during the summer months. SFI is an institute without walls, and we host around two-dozen workshops per year (with around thirty people in each workshop), an external faculty of sixty, annual summer schools with one hundred and fifty students, and numerous other activities. Thus, our actual scientific impact goes well beyond the usual measures. An administrative staff of about twenty-five support the activities of SFI both in Santa Fe and other locations, as necessary.

SFI Applied Complexiyu Network


The Santa Fe Institute's Applied Complexity Network is unlike any other academic-corporate partnership. Instead of focusing on narrow, tactical approaches to business-specific questions, Network members and SFI scientists explore fundamental principles that help make sense of the complexities faced by all types of organizations. SFI is at the forefront of the scientific understanding of complex systems at all scales, from the microscopic to the cosmic. By jointly exploring a variety of complex systems from different perspectives, Network members gain new understandings that enable them to engage their own organizations and address challenges in a wholly unique and revolutionary manner.

Puye Cliff Dwellings:


The Puye Cliff Dwellings are the ruins of an abandoned pueblo, located in Santa Clara Canyon on Santa Clara Pueblo land in New Mexico near Española, New Mexico. The site was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1966. Puye Cliffs was home to 1,500 Pueblo Indians who lived, farmed and hunted game there from the 900s to 1580 A.D. Puye Cliffs' inhabitants then moved into the Rio Grande River valley. They became the ancestors of today's Santa Clara people, who now live at Santa Clara Pueblo, 10 miles east of Puye.

The City of Santa Fe


Santa Fe is located in northern New Mexico at an elevation of 7,000 feet (2,130 meters) in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. With a population of over 70,000 people, it is well known for its art, culture, dining, and year-round outdoor activities. September weather is usually warm and sunny during the day (occasionally there is rain and wind) and cool in the evening. There are often thundershowers in the afternoon. Dress is casual. Be sure to bring sunglasses, sunscreen, and a hat with you. Hiking boots are also recommended.

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Hotel Santa Fe


Hospitality is an honored tradition. In this spirit we welcome you to Santa Fe’s only Native American Owned hotel. Located in Historic Downtown Santa Fe and in the heart of the new Guadalupe Railyard District with museums, galleries, shops and restaurants just outside our door. Hotel Santa Fe, The Hacienda and Spa offers a unique cultural experience, from our luxurious rooms and suites to the lilting notes of a Native flute to the casual and inviting atmosphere of our Amaya Restaurant. This difference truly sets Hotel Santa Fe, The Hacienda and Spa a world apart.