Thomas Homer-Dixon

36 results found for: Complexity


August 28th, 2015 —

Complexity Science

Homer-Dixon, Thomas, “Complexity Science,” Oxford Leadership Journal, January 2011, 2(1). An article based on the Canada School of Public Service’s 2010 John L. Manion Lecture, entitled “Complexity, Crisis and Change: Implications for the Federal Public Service.” “Complexity science isn’t a fad. I will offer a brief survey of some core concepts and ideas, and I [...]

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August 28th, 2015 —

Synchronous Failure: The Emerging Causal Architecture of Global Crisis

Synchronous Failure: The Emerging Causal Architecture of Global Crisis with Brian Walker, Reinette Biggs, Anne-Sophie Crépin, Carl Folke, Eric F. Lambin, Garry D. Peterson, Johan Rockström, Marten Scheffer, Will Steffen,  and Max Troell Ecology and Society 2015, 20(3): 6. Recent global crises reveal an emerging pattern of causation that could increasingly characterize the birth and [...]

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November 15th, 2014 —

Today’s Butterfly Effect Is Tomorrow’s Trouble

Around the world, national institutions and political systems are designed to deal with single-cause problems and incremental and reversible change. But the world ain’t like that any more. Take a problem like climate change. Its causes are many and tangled; the climate system has flipped from one state to another in the past, and could do so again under human pressure; and once it flips, we won’t be able to get the old climate back.

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August 6th, 2014 —

A Complex Systems Approach to the Study of Ideology: Cognitive-Affective Structures and the Dynamics of Belief Systems

Journal of Social and Political Psychology 1 No. 1, (2014): 337–363. Co-authored with Jonathan Leader Maynard, Matto Mildenberger, Manjana Milkoreit, Steven Mock, Stephen Quilley, Tobias Schröder, and Paul Thagard. We describe and illustrate a new method of graphically diagramming disputants’ points of view called cognitive-affective mapping. The products of this method—cognitive-affective maps (CAMs)—represent an individual’s [...]

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May 31st, 2012 —

Video: “New Tools for Understanding a Turbulent World: Complexity Theory and the Social Sciences”

Talk at  Congress 2012, Waterloo, Ontario. View the presentation.

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December 24th, 2011 —

We’re Losing Our Past to Technology

An op-ed in the Toronto Globe and Mail
Today’s information technology is creating what we might call an Age of Ephemera. Our unprecedented ability to store and transfer gargantuan amounts of information obscures this information’s modern fragility.

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June 7th, 2011 —

Video: Civilization Far from Equilibrium: Energy, Complexity, and Human Survival

“Civilization Far from Equilibrium: Energy, Complexity, and Human Survival,” Equinox Summit—Energy 2030, Perimeter Institute, Waterloo, Ontario. View the presentation.

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March 1st, 2011 —

Podcast: Wicked Problems & Solutions

Radio Ecoshock Podcast: “Wicked Problems & Solutions.” Normal approaches to science and policy cannot solve wicked problems, like climate change, energy scarcity, or economic crisis.

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September 19th, 2010 —

Podcast: Risk, uncertainty and transformation in a time of crisis

September 19th, 2010, interview with Eric Paglia of Think Globally Radio, Stockholm, Sweden, on “Risk, uncertainty, and transformation in a time of crisis.”

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May 5th, 2010 —

Complexity Science and Public Policy

On May 5, 2010, I had the honour of giving the Manion Lecture for the Canada School of Public Service, in Ottawa, Canada. The article is a revised text of the lecture, titled “Complexity Science and Public Policy.”

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