Dear Business Network members,
Our Business Network is an incredible and unique program. As the Institute’s new president, and in light of our newly-minted mission statement, “Searching for Order in the Complexity of Evolving Worlds,” I feel it is time to expand the Network's impact.
We are upping the energy and ambition of our Network meetings, beginning with our flagship symposium this November, Money and Currency: Past, Present, and Future, co-organized with BNet members Bill Miller, Chairman and Chief Investment Officer, LLM LLC, and Michael Mauboussin, Managing Director and Head of Global Financial Strategies, Credit Suisse. We are evolving the meeting’s format to include dynamic panels that will explore a broader range of ideas and voices seeking to connect with the broadest range of business interests. And we are opening up the meeting to more conversation and dialog, drawing on the breadth and depth of our members.
Our meetings will also feature voices that enshrine SFI's interdisciplinary values, drawing on our Miller Scholars and affiliated artists and creators. This year, the prize-winning author of books of adventure and exploration, Hampton Sides, will provide a perspective derived from the history of the expansion of the American West. MacArthur prize-winning sculpture Tom Joyce will discuss iron currencies. Artist-engineer Thomas Ashton will display micronation currencies.
We also shall grow the BNet to amplify the impact of complexity ideas. Over the coming year, we will unveil new Network projects and initiatives that feature greater collaboration and a broader range of complexity products — from news services offering dispatches from the world of complexity research, extended collaborative residencies at SFI based on areas of mutual research interest, to higher-end, bespoke complexity short courses that explore new intersections of business and complexity.
On behalf of the Santa Fe Institute, I want to thank all of you for your membership and commitment to understanding and navigating business through the powerful lens of complexity science. We much look forward to working with you all to transform business and make a positive impact on the world.
Please join me in thanking Chris Wood, who has led the Business Network for several years, for his many and considerable contributions to the Santa Fe Institute. Chris has announced his intent to step down from full-time SFI duties at the end of January for health and personal reasons. I am delighted that Chris will remain actively involved with SFI through his appointment to the external faculty. I much look forward to the ideas and thoughts that Chris will bring to the community in his new research role helping SFI explore the frontiers of complexity science in the 21st century. Many thanks Chris for your leadership, integrity, energy and ideas!
President and Professor, Santa Fe Institute
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The Santa Fe Institute's Business Network is unlike any other academic-corporate partnership. Instead of focusing on narrow, tactical approaches to business-specific questions, Network members and SFI scientists explore fundamental principles that help make sense of the complexities faced by all types of organizations.
SFI is at the forefront of the scientific understanding of complex systems at all scales, from the microscopic to the cosmic. By jointly exploring a variety of complex systems from different perspectives, Network members gain new understandings that enable them to engage their own organizations and address challenges in a wholly unique and revolutionary manner.