Repairing Economic Governance
Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and internationally renowned economic advisor, talks about the need to take a systematic long view in repairing international economic governance structures. Professor Sachs is the Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. He is also Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. From 2002 t
IQ2: The World in 2050 Panel Discussion
Panel discussion by speakers from the James Martin 21st Century School. The event is hosted by Intelligence Squared (the international debating forum on crucial issues of the day). What kind of world will we inhabit 40 years from now? What moral codes will we live by? We've tended to leave these enormous questions to science fiction but time travel isn't essential. In this fascinating evening of talks the scientific experts of the 21st Century School will reveal - sometimes to an alarming degre
The Plundered Planet
Paul Collier, Oxford Professor and author of The Bottom Billion, launched a discussion based on his latest publication, The Plundered Planet. Building on his work in developing countries and the poorest populations, Collier argued for proper stewardship of natural assets as a matter of planetary urgency. His arguments charted a course between unchecked profiteering on the one hand, and environmental romanticism on the other to offer realistic and sustainable solutions to these dauntingly complex
Stability and Complexity in Model Banking Systems
The recent banking crises have made it clear that increasingly complex strategies for managing risk in individual banks and investment funds (pension funds, etc) has not been matched by corresponding attention to overall systemic risks. Simple mathematical caricatures of 'banking ecosystems', which capture some of the essential dynamics and which have some parallels (along with significant differences) with earlier work on stability and complexity in ecological food webs, have interesting implic
Growth, Innovation, and the Pace of Life from Cells and Ecosystems to Cities and Corporations; Are T
Growth, Innovation, and the Pace of Life from Cells and Ecosystems to Cities and Corporations; Are They Sustainable? Are cities and companies "just" very large organisms? They grow, metabolise, evolve and adapt; however, almost all cities survive, whereas all companies die. A quantitative, predictive, unifying framework for addressing such questions and understanding the generic structure, dynamics and life history of social and biological systems will be developed. It is based on general proper
Anticipating Future Complexity: Are Systems Such as Cities Getting More Complex?
Cities are getting more complex as their residents acquire more and more ways in which they can interact with one another. New technologies enable individuals to repackage their time and space in countless different combinations, and the flexibility afforded by such innovations makes possible many new ways in which individuals might react to this complexity. Behavioural change is considerably greater in the modern city than the medieval. Delivered by Professor Mike Batty: Director, Centre for A
Cooperation, Norms and Conflict: Towards Simulating the Foundations of Society
In order to understand social systems, it is essential to identify the circumstances under which individuals spontaneously start cooperating or developing shared behaviors, norms, and culture. In this connection, it is important to study the role of social mechanisms such as repeated interactions, group selection, network formation, costly punishment and group pressure, and how they allow us to transform social dilemmas into interactive situations that promote the social system. Furthermore, it
The Cork in the Bottle: The Changing Climate of U.S. Politics
Professor David Orr discusses US climate policy and in particular the President's Climate Action Project which he helped to launch and fund. This project aims at the initial climate actions in the first 100 days of the next US administration.