In Complex Systems, Cultural Evolution, Design Science, Human Behavior on July 9, 2013 at 10:18 am
Thanks to the ubiquity of mobile phones and digital infrastructure, it is now possible to achieve direct democracy at the global scale. We are already seeing inklings of its emergence in the rise of Arab Spring, the Occupy Movement, and more recent activities in Egypt, Brazil, and Turkey. Yet there is a cultural force at play that may keep us from breaking away from centralized political power — the surveillance meme and its capacity to evoke fear and paranoia about open data systems.
The rise of global democracy is at risk of being thwarted by a toxic meme! Continue reading “Will the Surveillance Meme Keep Us From Global Democracy?” »
In Complex Systems, Cultural Evolution, Design Science on March 25, 2013 at 4:13 pm
There sure seems to be a lot of confusion — even among technologists — about what technology actually is. I recently had the experience of hearing an investor who funds clean tech startups say that he is “focusing on creating technology, not researching culture” as a way to dismiss the role that cultural evolution might play in getting ideas to market. This was especially surprising considering that all technology arises from culture, each with its own unique history of blended concepts, domains of knowledge, standard practices, sociological models, mythic narratives, and demonstrated solutions.
Continue reading “Why All Technology Arises Through Cultural Evolution” »
In Complex Systems, Design Science, Global Integration on February 13, 2013 at 3:00 pm
One of the great challenges looming over the climate debate is the sheer complexity of planetary change. As our education systems continually fail to instill robust critical thinking skills in the populace — and a vast PR system confuses and obfuscates to stall significant action — we are left with a confused population of lost souls whose ideological filters do more to shape attitudes and beliefs than the basic observations about what is unfolding all around us. Continue reading “Seeing the Complexity of Planetary Change” »
In Complex Systems, Design Science, Human Behavior on February 5, 2013 at 2:47 pm
Many people reach out to me because they want to learn about the science of complexity. They ask what it is, how it works, and — most importantly — how they can apply it to global challenges confronting humanity. In those conversations I share what I have learned as a complexity researcher who specializes in the evolution of human systems. Realizing how useful this is for them, I thought I’d share some of it with all of you here. Continue reading “Applying Complexity Science to Social Systems” »
In Complex Systems, Design Science, Global Integration, Human Behavior on June 10, 2012 at 11:35 am
Years ago, I took the road less traveled and set out to build an integrated approach to global change. I realized early on that the only way to address global climate change was to focus jointly on the complexities of the human condition and the coupled dynamics of Earth Systems. It was a telling observation that no academic institutions were equipped to support the broad transdisciplinary approach I sought to take, which is why I remain outside the university setting in pursuit of this goal to this day.
I am pleased to share that after 15 years of formal academic training and independent study, a clear set of guidelines has appeared that brings this ambitious goal within reach. A rigorous design science for building the pathway to sustainability is now available for use. Continue reading “An Integrated Approach to Global Change” »