Jan Hauser


The Complexity Sciences
and Gaia

Sat., May 19, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m, Smithsonian Institution

Although the human species is a relative newcomer to Earth, our rapid development, both in population size and technical/industrial capability, poses significant challenges to our ability to maintain current social, economic, and environmental practices. Many scientists believe our lives and lifestyles must change over the next 20 years if our planet is to continue to sustain all life.

The good news is that when a whole system's approach based on Complexity sciences is applied to the technical and industrial methods we already use, we can see promise for establishing a globally sustainable lifestyle.

This seminar features a diverse and distinguished panel of researchers who examine how new and different scientific views and organizational models may help us reframe old cause-and-effect views of ourselves and our social, economic, and industrial systems, and how we might develop our human practices and wisely apply our ever more powerful technical and industrial capability.


Jan Hauser is a featured speaker and co-organizer of globeThe Complexity Sciences and Gaia, a seminar on global sustainability held May 19, 2001, at the Smithsonian Institution.

Links and Resources:

Biomimicry - Innovation Inspired by Nature

by Janine M. Benyus

The Future of Money
Creating a New Wealth, Work and a Wiser World
by Bernard Lietar

Natural Capitalism : Creating the Next Industrial Revolution

by Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins, L. Hunter Lovins

Development As Freedom

by Amartya Sen

"Try a Network Approach to Global Problem-Solving," International Herald Tribune.
Jean-Francois Rischard
, Senior Vice President, World Bank of Europe.


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