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Introduction to NetLogo

In this step, we will introduce a simple tool that is used for creating and carrying out simulations which is called NetLogo. You have already seen that even with simple …

Predicting protests

In the previous exercises we examined Appleton, some simple examples and the case of a bus drivers’ protest in a small town (eventually 6 bus drivers would take part in …

A complicated social world

In this article we will list the main challenges related to studying social behaviour and examine them in an example related to voting. Social processes are complicated for several reasons: …

Appleton protest

A decision whether to vote is definitely a complicated one and affected by personality, attitude towards the political system, political views but also other factors e.g. how far does a …

How protests come to life?

In this video Agata Komendant-Brodowska will discuss why social processes seem so unpredictable with the use of an example of demonstrations and how they come to life. She will also …

Why model?

In this interview Wander Jager, the Director of the Groningen Center for Social Complexity Studies, explains the main reasons for modelling.

Wrap up Week 2

Within this week you did a lot! We started with the observation that friends often influence our behaviour and our relations may influence our decisions substantially; We developed a model …

Living in a complex world

Welcome to the course People, Networks and Neighbours: Understanding Social Dynamics. Within the next three weeks you will learn why social processes seem so unpredictable and understand better the basics …

How the numbers grow

In this video, we will have a closer look at social dynamics. We will discuss different ways in which processes may unfold and what changes are observed over time. One …

Social Network Analysis in practice

When we think about the number of people we might reach just within 2 or 3 steps or handshakes away, it’s quite surprising how the numbers grow really fast. If …

Why do we need computers to analyse social dynamics?

As you have seen, when we’re dealing with social processes, it’s usually pretty complicated. Let’s think about protests that spread via networks. We investigated what would happen in Grapevine, analysed …

How protests spread through networks

In this article based on the example of Grapevine, we will have a look at some characteristics of networks that might make it easier or harder to organise a protest …

What next!

You have come to the end of the course. Well done! Let’s revisit what you have learned. Within the course: you explored why social processes are complicated and why it …

Protests that spread spatially

In this article, we will investigate how protests spread spatially and take a closer look at the cluster of colours that we observed during the experiments. First, we will describe …