Para Limes

Workshop: Complexity & Governance

Workshop: Complexity & Governance

Date: 18 – 19 July 2013

Venue: Raffles City Convention Centre, Singapore

Address: 80 Bras Basah Rd, Singapore 189560

About the Workshop

OBJECTIVE – The workshop is intended to gather insights from experts and international thinkers on the ways complexity science can serve Governance.

THEME – The broad theme for the Foresight Complexity Workshop is “Complexity and Governance”.

FOCUS – The workshop will focus on the following issues/ questions:

A – Global Governance (real world, complexity, and the need to govern)
  • How can complexity science help to foresee and understand emerging phenomena?
  • How can global governance be informed by complexity science?
  • What can complexity science say about collaboration in general and about international, regional or sub-regional groupings in particular?

B – Sustainability and resilience
  • How can complexity science lead to insights that can be used to improve governance practices on a local as well as a regional and global level, with regards to sustainability and resilience?
  • Examples that may be useful to consider, and why
  • Governance of cultural heritage

C – State-Society Relationship
  • How can insights derived from complexity science play a role in understanding the dynamic interactions between resource constraints and society? What are the right questions to ask? How to find the right questions?
  • What is the role of governance in addressing such questions?
  • What is the meaning of culture with respect to the role of governance? How can that be understood and applied? How does that change the relationship between state and society?

D – Matching governance with complexity
  • Limits to hierarchical decision making
  • Decision support systems
  • Policy making
  • The role of expert knowledge

Videos & Presentation Slides

Jan Wouter Vasbinder – Introduction

Member of Governing Board, Para Limes

Jan Staman – Setting the Stage

Director, Rathenau Institute

J. Stephen Lansing

Professor of Anthropology, University of Arizona and Nanyang Visiting Professor, Nanyang Technological University

Robert Axtell

Professor and Department Chair (Computational Social Science), Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study, George Mason University

Sander van der Leeuw

Professor and Founding Director, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University

Douglass Carmichael

Strategist, Institute for New Economic Thinking

Roland Kupers

Visiting Fellow, Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, Oxford University

Herawati Sudoyo

Deputy Director, Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology

Petter Braathen

Founder and Partner, Phoenix Ltd

Jan Wouter Vasbinder – Closing Remarks for Day 1

Member of Governing Board, Para Limes

Jan Staman – Reflections

Director, Rathenau Institute

Orit Gal

Lecturer for Strategy and Complexity, Regent’s University London

Julia Watson

Assistant Professor of Architecture, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Wrap up facilitated by Jan Staman

Director, Rathenau Institute