Antifragility: A User’s Manual

Learn to flourish in a volatile and complex world by creating "antifragile" organizations that thrive on stress and disorder.

A two-day program for senior management
May 5th and 6th, 2014
Cambridge, MA


Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Distinguished Professor, Polytechnic Institute of New York University

Yaneer Bar-Yam, President and Professor,
New England Complex Systems Institute


When strong winds blow, don't build walls, but rather windmills: there is a way to turn every bit of adversity into fuel for improvement.

This course introduces the principles of antifragility and complex systems science to explain how organizations and markets respond to volatility. Participants will learn which organizations can be considered fragile or antifragile, why certain patterns and trends matter while others are just noise, and how to create organizations that use volatility, variability, stress and disorder as information for making better decisions. This program does not require a math background.

The program will include lessons from Taleb’s current research and his New York Times bestseller Antifragile, including:

  • How to spot fragility
  • What antifragility is
  • Why it is better to be antifragile than smart
  • How not to mistake a cat for a washing machine
  • Heuristics and rules to simplify life and decision making
  • These will be paired with insights from Yaneer Bar-Yam’s current research and book Making Things Work, drawing upon case studies from financial markets, healthcare, systems engineering, the military, and other topics. Lessons include:

  • What complexity is
  • Ways to recognize and use important patterns in a complex world
  • How to harness the power of self-organization to be naturally antifragile
  • How to assess the metaview
  • Global risks and the "new normal"
  • Participants will be part of an open discussion and will leave with tools relevant to their organizations.


    This seminar is created for key decision makers and those who advise them: executives, senior management, public administrators, management consultants, organizational development professionals and business educators.


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