Systems and complexity

#ComplexityExplained resources

The RealKM Magazine exploring the science of complexity series provides an in-depth explanation of the core concepts of complexity science, as well as advice and case studies in regard to applying the concepts.

A more concise summary that will be very useful for communicating complexity science to management, decision-makers, and stakeholders has been produced by the #ComplexityExplained project.

The #ComplexityExplained project resources are available as a series of web pages or as a downloadable booklet (below).


Reference and header image source: M. De Domenico, D. Brockmann, C. Camargo, C. Gershenson, D. Goldsmith, S. Jeschonnek, L. Kay, S. Nichele, J.R. Nicolás, T. Schmickl, M. Stella, J. Brandoff, A.J. Martínez Salinas, H. Sayama. Complexity Explained (2019). DOI 10.17605/OSF.IO/TQGNW, CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

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Bruce Boyes ( is editor, lead writer, and a director of the award-winning RealKM Magazine ( and currently also teaches in the University of NSW (UNSW) Foundation Studies program in China. He has expertise and experience in a wide range of areas including knowledge management (KM), environmental management, program and project management, writing and editing, stakeholder engagement, communications, and research. Bruce holds a Master of Environmental Management with Distinction and a Certificate of Technology (Electronics). With a demonstrated ability to identify and implement innovative solutions to social and ecological complexity, Bruce's many career highlights include establishing RealKM Magazine as an award-winning resource for knowledge managers, using agile and knowledge management approaches to oversee the implementation of an award-winning $77.4 million river recovery program in western Sydney on time and under budget, leading a knowledge strategy process for Australia's 56 natural resource management (NRM) regional organisations, pioneering collaborative learning and governance approaches to support communities to sustainably manage landscapes and catchments, and initiating and teaching two new knowledge management subjects at Shanxi University in China.

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