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An Intimate Conversation with Stephen Wolfram

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An Intimate Conversation with Stephen Wolfram

We recently had the privilege to talk with Stephen Wolfram at the Ninth International Conference on Complex Systems (ICCS). Wolfram is the creator of Mathematica, Wolfram|Alpha and the Wolfram Language. He is also the author of A New Kind of Science and is the founder and CEO of Wolfram Research.

Wolfram is also one of the founding fathers of the complexity science field and was the featured keynote speaker on the first night at ICCS, hosted by the New England Complex Systems Institute. He spoke for an hour and a half at the event and was followed by a very eager crowd of followers after his talk. Many of these complexity thinkers, practitioners, students and researchers lingered to ask him questions, hoping he would elaborate on his very thought-provoking presentation. During this time, Angie and I anxiously waited in our podcast booth for him to come speak with us, and after nearly 2 hours of patiently addressing his crowd’s questions, Wolfram walked into our booth. We asked him if he was up for an interview after such a long evening, and with no hesitation he sat down and put on his microphone headset.

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An Informing Conversation with Complexity Labs

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An Informing Conversation with Complexity Labs

We discovered Complexity Labs several months ago after watching educational videos on their Youtube channel. Since then, we have read a number of their complexity related articles and have formed a supportive working relationship with their founder, Joss Colchester. We believe Joss and the Complexity Labs team are making a very important contribution to the complexity and systems thinking communities with their easily accessible learning content. Since Complexity Labs was established a few short years ago, they have made great impact producing over 300 video lessons, which have been viewed 2 million times.  

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Why Innovative Companies Hire Entrepreneurs

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Why Innovative Companies Hire Entrepreneurs

Today, companies are seeking employees who want to demonstrate personal mastery and are driven by owning their work, and these qualities are typically associated with an entrepreneurial background. So it’s no wonder why “one in three employers said they are looking for entrepreneurial experience in their potential hires”.

So, why do the most innovative companies want to “hire” entrepreneurs? Entrepreneurship is a favorable skill-set because it exposes people to a real-world and multifaceted experience, but so does alternative education. In fact, many alternative programs are designed to inspire young people by giving them the freedom to think like an entrepreneur and master skills like: resilience, innovation, creativity, and adaptability. These programs encourage students to showcase their skills and capabilities in more active, practical ways that demonstrate their passion and mastery - conversations, projects, websites and other original works. When you’re an entrepreneur, the project is you....

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Personal Growth, Radical Learning, and Alternative Education

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Personal Growth, Radical Learning, and Alternative Education

Are some learning experiences more influential to our personal growth than others? Why are more people seeking alternative learning programs?

These questions got me thinking about my educational background and the journey that ultimately led to my enrollment in an alternative learning program.

I have had a pretty diverse educational background, it was mostly standardized, but also very unconventional....

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How to Be Your Own Resume - Isaac Morehouse of Praxis

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How to Be Your Own Resume - Isaac Morehouse of Praxis

Some people believe in a linear career path. Others stop waiting for permission to create and make their own path. Entrepreneurial thinkers understand that they are part of a network, not a link in a chain. So why should we treat higher education like a conveyer belt? Decreasing transaction costs in education + rapid technological advances are making it possible to experiment with being a renaissance man or woman AND land an incredible job.

In this episode we interview Isaac Morehouse, founder of Praxis, writer, and podcaster who's obsessed with human freedom, education, and entrepreneurship.... 

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Metanoia, Emergence & System Change

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Metanoia, Emergence & System Change

When the hero's journey begins, there is Metanoia. The spark that begins the quest, the change in mind or heart that drives the search of the mystic. In Gnosticism, it's an aeon, which is a name for one of the various emanations of God. 

Angie brought up metanoia in our latest episode and lately, I've been wondering about its congruence to emergence in complex systems. Emergence is the "eureka" that happens when a system interacts with its own parts and produces something new and unexpected....

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