Episode 118 Practical Applications for Interconnected Nonlinear Systems


Episode 118

Practical Applications for Interconnected, Nonlinear Systems

An Interview with Tanuja Prasad

January 17, 2019

In this episode, Haley talks with systems thinker, entrepreneur and pragmatic implementer, Tanuja Prasad. Prasad shares details about her relationship with complexity, including how it has shifted her perspective about life, work and science. She beautifully describes the complex, nonlinear nature of systems and explains many practical concepts and applications for people working with and living within systems. Prasad also shares her passion for complexity science applications within the social impact sector.


Show Notes


Quotes from this episode:

“It is the human desire for a simple, single, static answer to things that creates a contrast between what we want to see and what exist. Once we get over that desire for simplicity or simplification, complexity science will become the fundamental assumption of all science going forward.” — Tanuja Prasad

“I think the next century will be the century of complexity.” — Stephen Hawking

“For me, complexity science is a science of maturity.” — Tanuja Prasad

“If we accept complex adaptive systems, we are faced with a different set of questions: How do we measure an impact of an action in a world where everything influences everything else because of interconnectedness? How do we make decisions and choices in such a world? How do we design solutions and actions when phenomena are nonlinear and have tipping points?” — Tanuja Prasad

“What we really should be looking at and designing for is an integrated end state.” — Tanuja Prasad

“Models are not reality, they are merely a window into reality and usually that window is defined by needs. So the real skill we need to develop is how to handle models, to switch them in and out as needed and to understand when one is not useful anymore. Basically we need to be able to flow with models.” — Tanuja Prasad

“We cannot deny impact.” — Tanuja Prasad

“I really want to see complexity science embrace multi-disciplinary participants, again because of its universality, it certainly applies everywhere.”  — Tanuja Prasad

The greatest challenge in times of turbulence is not the turbulence itself but it is to act with yesterday’s logic.” — Peter Drucker

“Complexity science is providing us with a logic with which to go forward, we just need to embrace it.” — Tanuja Prasad

“We need a different kind of leadership that understands tipping points.” — Tanuja Prasad

“Life itself is an emergent property, so is consciousness. Why should we separate them with anything else?” — Tanuja Prasad