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Key Practice Area - Leadership Development - 2016 EHS Management Forum Opening Keynote - Simplifying
Key Practice Area: Leadership Development

2016 Forum - Simplifying Complexity

Oct. 26-28, 2016

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.

If you're looking for new ideas to improve efficiency, manage risk or advance sustainability, you'll find inspiration through the interactive discussions and peer case studies the Forum delivers.


Download the “Simplifying Complexity” keynote presentation from NAEM's 2016 EHS Management Forum. This content is available to NAEM members only; you must be logged in as a member to view it. If you are not an NAEM member and wish to join the Association, please contact NAEM at


Simplifying Complexity
In this talk, Eric Berlow explores 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? Berlow unravels his fascinating research to help audiences embrace complexity and become better problem solvers, while sharing insights into the ways big data is changing our ability to see and solve complex problems.

  • Eric BerlowEcologist and complexity scientist

Speaker Bio

Eric Berlow, Ecologist and complexity scientist and Founder; Vibrant Data Labs
Eric Berlow is an ecologist and network scientist who specializes in not specializing. He is internationally recognized for highly cited publications on ecological complexity in Nature, Science, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. He was the founding director of the University of California's first environmental research center in Yosemite National Park, where he continues to research climate change impacts to protected ecosystems and endangered species. Berlow is the Co-Founder of Vibrant Data — a data discovery platform for seeing invisible patterns in complex data. Vibrant Data was acquired by Slice Technologies, a Rakuten company, where he now serves as Head of Science. Eric has received numerous awards including a TED Senior Fellowship and GE’s “Architects of Innovation” award. He was named one of the Top 100 Creatives Changing the World by Origin Magazine. 

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