TED Senior Fellow and Complexity Scientist
Complex problems are a lot like natural ecosystems: they have many moving parts that all potentially interact with one another. Consider the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, or the challenge of globally sustainable energy, food, and water security. Berlow helps uncomplicate these compound problems by identifying the key influencers—the problems that most need to be solved. On stage, Berlow helps audiences embrace complexity, reshape the way they look at problems, and unlock creativity.
Recent research on natural ecosystems suggests that, for any problem with many moving parts that all influence one another, the more complex the problem - the more resistant it seems to change - the easier it may be to understand and solve. In this talk, Eric Berlow shows audiences how embracing complexity can lead to simple answers. How can complexity theory help us harness more creativity to solve difficult problems? How can you map complex systems to be able to isolate their most influential agents? And, how can we use our knowledge of ecosystems to help solve our largest societal problems? On stage, Berlow unravels his fascinating research to help audiences embrace complexity and become better problem solvers.
The Ecosystems of Business
Natural ecosystems represent millions of years of open source Research and Development on how entire systems have developed the resilience to deal with unpredictable times. In this talk, Eric Berlow applies his work on ecosystems to the business world, to help audiences rethink the way they structure their business. What can ecosystems teach us about sustainable business models? How do they manage risk? What makes them reliably productive in both good years and bad? And what characteristics do highly productive ecosystems have that challenge conventional business wisdom? Berlow helps audiences from any industry think bigger, question prevailing wisdom, and better assess their market.