Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS) are all around us, and we are each a part of them.
Complex: diverse, semi-autonomous individuals interact in interdependent, nonlinear ways to create emergent patterns as a whole which is greater than the sum of its parts (think 1+1 = 10).
Adaptive: individual and collective behavior can self-organize, mutate, and evolve in reaction to triggers, making them highly resilient (think Darwin).
System: has structure at scales from the big picture down to the granular details and everything in between.
Why Should We Care About Complexity?
to solve humanity’s seemingly unsolvable wicked problems like suicide and climate change
In 2015, Bill Gates warned the world that we have not invested enough in systems to protect humanity from the next pandemic (and the many other threats to come). In 2020, COVID-19 hit.
Humans have evolved to consciously create more complexity faster than ever before. Are we ready to trigger positive, collective evolution in the complex adaptive system we call our human society?