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The Ross Spiral Curriculum was conceived with a conception of world cultural history as a Complex Dynamical System. This approach is integral to the Ross curriculum, allowing students to understand and express increasingly complex concepts as they progress through the grades, advancing their understanding of complex global issues by studying systems. This higher-level understanding of the world we live in is a requirement for addressing the problems of the 21st century.

Ross Institute developed a program with Ralph Abraham to bring the underlying systems concepts of the curriculum into focus in the classroom from K–12. In 2011, Ross School faculty began a workshop on Complex Dynamical Systems taught by Ralph Abraham. Teachers were tasked with bringing their knowledge of systems theory into grade level curricula, selecting exemplary units and created relevant systems models which are now being utilized in classroom lessons as part of a larger effort that blends a systems approach with educational best practices.

Systems models were produced in NetLogo, a free, open source software authored by Uri Wilensky (1999) at The Center for Connected Learning and Computer-Based Modeling, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.

The artist network diagram, accompanying the exhibition Inventing Abstraction, 1910–1925, was produced as a collaboration between the exhibition’s curatorial and design team and Paul Ingram, Kravis Professor of Business, and Mitali Banerjee, graduate student, Columbia Business School. © 2013 The Museum of Modern Art

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