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DAVOS: Complexity Insights on a Hyperconnected World

Tuesday, January 22, 2013   (0 Comments)
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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 scholars 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:


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