Complex systems

I fear that, short of urgent, fundamental change, my next letter will be a eulogy.
Donald Trump's early Christmas present to the world was a right-up-to-the Twitterbrink 140 character policy tweet: "The United
Are there already established academic disciplines that do a good job of thinking about complex systems? What can educators
The wealth contained within this land does not belong to those that live and work it, but to those with the might to control it.
Let me tell you a joke. It's not a very funny, I'm afraid, but such were the jokes of the Liquidators, the soldiers and volunteers tasked with the cleanup of the Chernobyl Disaster.
In documenting the catastrophic failure of Apollo 13, Cooper has likewise documented the exquisite working of a complex organization
Can we build systems which function perfectly in all circumstances? Can we avoid all accidents with enough time, enough information, enough practice running the system or enough process around it?
The US space program is a treasure trove of insight into engineering at the extremes of human ability. It is a field which concerns itself deeply with human-machine interaction. Spacecrafts are not fully automated, nor are they under the total control of the human operators (the astronauts "in the can" and the ground control crew).
A system proves it's in the decay stage when small changes no longer move our economy forward. In worse cases, old remedies only add toxicity to the current mess.
Expressing appreciation is one small change that each one of us can make. One small change that can make a big difference in the workplace.
Here are some of the nuances behind the thinking: 1. Through a command and control leadership structure like the military
I was always taught that if you don't know how something works, you shouldn't mess with it. The Earth's climate represents a wonderfully complex dynamical system that we do not fully understand.
As the uniting factor that sets us free, "consciousness" is a term that is repugnant to many scientists -- mostly from an older generation -- and mysterious to all. But that doesn't excuse blindness and neglect.
Reality has gone into a strange, dark place -- quite literally. Historically, quantum physics and the theory of relativity are responsible for demolishing the familiar world presented to us by the five senses.
Nourishing the relationship between seed and land is critical to restoring sustainability. And by visiting Chubby Bunny Farm, I took a small but important step in feeling connected to the food and people that sustain my life.
I once gave a talk about the important role care plays in the workplace. Once I used that word, "care," I had lost my audience. Who needs to care when you are king of the mountain?
It's precisely because of the success and vigor of complex systems that we often take their reliability for granted. Most of us rarely consider the safety of an oil rig until something goes awry.
Informed activism is the cardinal virtue in these critical times. It's our best hope for taking control of our destiny: for creating a world we can live in, and can leave in good conscience to our children.