The Institute for Research in Complexity and Society applies findings and insights from the scientific and mathematical study of complex systems to the challenges and opportunities facing today's world community. We hold that the disciplines making-up of the fields of complexity science can be of great value in fostering requisite innovations in the social, political, economic and technological arenas.
Accordingly, we are focusing the activities of our institute with the following priority as our main information filter: It is imperative that both extant methods and mechanisms are further developed and that novel ones be devised in order to aid in the identification, measurement, and modeling of those processes whereby social value is first created and then augmented for a sustainable planetary ecosystem. By "social value" we are referring to all of those social innovations which improve our communities' prosperity, well-being, meaningful work, living spaces, basic human rights, and capacities for aspiration. We believe that new analytical models of the social, political, economic, and technological environments are not only possible to build, they have become absolutely necessary for our survival, and that one of the most promising ways this will be brought about is through complexity science.
Complexity science has come along at a critical period in human history, a time particularly ripe for embodying its unprecedented insights into social and cultural change. The choice now facing the human community is not difficult to articulate: either we identify and amplify human tendencies towards innovation, cooperation, and even altruism; or we ignore the signs of the time and succumb to an intensification of tribal-motivated violence, bias and prejudice, corruption, and over-weaning self-interest and self-deceit.