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Thicket is hiring

We’re keeping an eye out for a talented data scientist fluent in Java to join our team here in New York. We are hoping to find a creative researcherData_Scientist_Thicket who is excited to aid the development of social science research tools and practices. Take a look at the job posting,…

Using chocolate treats to teach children about inequality

Anyone with experience of working or living with children will know their ability to detect injustice is highly developed – “but it’s not fair” is a regular refrain. However we rarely ask them to channel this natural flair for fairness into productive and critical discussion about the nature of equality,…

Math & Science Tell Us

We position math and science as independent arbiters of truth. Let’s not forget who is really doing the talking. Motherboard is a great place to get a little breather during the workday. That’s where I stumbled across an article about “A Typology of Street Patterns,” a new study published in…

What is social systems design?

People often ask us what we mean whan we say that Thicket is developing an applied field called social systems design. We apply principles of complexity to improve the way people share ideas and work together. Complexity theory, also known as complex adaptive systems theory, allows us a new way to…

What is fuzzy cognitive mapping?

Thicket developed our technology platform called The Possibility Engine based on a methodology called fuzzy cognitive mapping. First proposed in 1985 by Bart Kosko, fuzzy cognitive maps are a mashup of two frameworks: cognitive maps and fuzzy logic. Cognitive maps, also called mental maps or conceptual maps, were first identified…

How do you analyze a fuzzy cognitive map?

When we integrate individual cognitive maps using fuzzy logic, the result is a map so complex that visually, it means very little to the human eye. In order to make sense of it, we have to analyze it using several different methods. We can use network analysis to understand properties…

What is the Possibility Engine?

When we came up with the idea for Thicket to focus on solving complex social problems, we knew existing social science-based research and design tools were not robust enough to serve our needs. We needed to be able to quickly understand a complex system, analyze the system’s ability to adapt…