New England Complex Systems Institute
238 Main Street Suite 319, Cambridge, MA 02142
Phone: 617-547-4100 Fax: 617-661-7711
A scientific framework for understanding progress in developing nations is needed to enhance global efforts to improve economic, social, health and other aspects of life. Historically, economic interventions such as those conducted by the World Bank have been unsuccessful at achieving their goals. The inherent interdependencies within societies present challenges to traditional planning. A complex systems approach offers insights into pattern formation and evolutionary dynamics that can overcome these obstacles.
Y. Bar-Yam. Making Things Work: Solving Complex Problems in a Complex World (Knowledge Press, Cambridge, MA) See Chapter 14.
Y. Bar-Yam, Complexity rising: From human beings to human civilization, a complexity profile, Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS UNESCO Publishers, Oxford, UK, 2002); also NECSI Report 1997-12-01 (1997). PDF