DAVOS: Complexity Insights on a Hyperconnected World
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Posted by: Prucia Buscell
DAVOS: White Paper Presents Complexity Insights on a Hyperconnected World
Accelerated interconnectedness of human populations has made
life better in some ways, but also more complex. Challenges presented by
climate change, instability of markets, poverty, conflict and competition for
resources may seem to entail impenetrable webs of cause and effect. But
complexity scientists are learning to examine whole systems, rather than single
systems in isolation. Rather than study constituent parts, complexityscientists
seek to understand systems as interacting elements that form,change and evolve
over time. The new scientific tools help explore the challenge of building resilience into systems as they must adapt to unpredictable natural and manmade turbulence.
Perspectives on a Hyperconnected World: Insights from the
Science of Complexity, a paper prepared by the World Economic Forum's Global
Agenda Council on Complex Systems, is being presented at Davos this week by complexity
and council co-chairs Geoffrey
West . distinguished professor at the Santa Fe Institute, and Albert-Laszlo Barabasi,
Director of the Center for Complex Network Research.
Council members who authored the paper include T. Irene
Sanders, Executive Director and Founder of the Washington Center
for Complexity and Public Policy.
Read an executive summary of the paper:
World Economic Forum blog here: