Managing Complexity in Your Career | TEDGlobal Fellow Eric Berlow | Sponsored by Athabasca University

Tuesday, February 15, 2011 – 08:00pm – 09:00pm Eastern

The great 19-century American physician and essayist, Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., said he would give everything he had for “the simplicity on the other side of complexity.” Do you ever feel overwhelmed when faced with a complex problem in your career? Does complexity in your work stress you out or even paralyze you? Join Alan Kearns as he interviews Ecologist and TEDGlobal Fellow Eric Berlow as they discuss how to effectively manage apparently complex challenges in your career. Moderated by Chris McLeod of Athabasca University

Webinar Panelist

Eric Berlow, a TEDGlobal 2010 Fellow, is an ecologist and network scientist who specializes in not specializing. He helped found, and directs, the University of California’s first environmental research center in Yosemite National Park. Watch his TED talk here. After radio- collaring wolves in Alaska and tending bar in Paris, he got his Ph.D. in marine ecology studying the interconnectedness of species in nature. As a research scientist with the USGS he focuses on building better links between science and management of protected mountain ecosystems.

Eric is helping apply network approaches to sustainable ecotourism development in the Arctic, and is co-owner of a green café in Oakland, California. He is currently spearheading ‘ecomimetic’ approaches to corporate sustainability by visualizing and modeling energy consumption through complex, interconnected supply chains

“. . . .often it is only by embracing the true complexity of a problem that core simple issues emerge. I think this point generally rings true but is very under-appreciated and under-applied.” (Eric Berlow)

You will Learn

  • The importance of good visualization tools in changing your perception of the challenge(s) you are trying to manage in your career
  • How to centralize your focus on what matters most in the resolution you desire
  • Why taking a more wholistic view can seem counterintuitive yet be the most effective way to manage complexity in your work environment

For more information and to register, please choose one of the following options:

Option 1: Tuesday, February 15th at 12 PM Eastern

Option 2: Tuesday, February 15th at 8 PM Eastern