Mission Impossible: "Proof-First" Management of Complex Adaptive Systems

Friday, February 15, 2013
Room 300 (Hynes Convention Center)
Simon A. Levin , Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

The greatest challenge our generation faces is creating a sustainable future.  At the core is maintaining the services ecosystems provide humanity, but our ability to achieve that objective is made more difficult because ecosystems, the biosphere, and the socio-economic system with which they are linked are complex adaptive systems, in which individual agendas translate into global consequences.  The dynamics of such systems is inherently unpredictable, and management strategies must be designed to anticipate surprise and include precaution.