Here is a blog post I just made that may have some relevance to the HIPPO Foundation, too. Good reading and don’t hesitate to comment.
Is aid on the brink of a breakdown or a breakthrough?
Aid on the Edge of Chaos In its 360 pages, Aid on the Edge of Chaos presents an overview of the troubled state of aid, provides an update of current complexity thinking, and showcases promising applications of complex adaptive systems to child malnutrition, economic growth, peace building, and combating desertification, from rural Vietnam to urban Kenya. The author, Ben Ramalingam, criticizes the aid system for ignoring complexity theory to its own detriment. The term edge of chaos refers to the location on the simple-complicated-complex-chaotic continuum, where complex systems become really adaptive and innovative, or developmental so to speak. The book launch took place in London on Nov. 6, 2013.
Biases against complex systems thinking In 1948, Warren Weaver was the first to outline the urgent need for complex systems thinking to address the many messy problems of…
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