All day


This event is by invitation only.

Held at La Posada in Santa Fe, NM

Organized by Doug Erwin and Chris Wood, Santa Fe Institute


A resilient system is one that is able to maintain function in the face of disturbance. Confronted with disturbance, a system can either increase its hardness in an attempt to decrease the impact of the disturbance or increase its resilience and, within limits, minimize the impact and recover more quickly. Hardening a system tends to increase brittleness, and may actually contribute to large-scale failures. This understanding has influenced the design of bridges, airplane wings, and even paper clips. However, hardening also occurs in biological, financial and social systems. Our increasing understanding of the response of these systems to stress provides a framework to move beyond earlier qualitative studies of resilience. The November 2012 Business Network and Trustee Symposium will focus on the topic of resilience and its role in ecosystems, financial markets, social systems, and other networks.

Speakers Include:

Keynote Speaker:  Michael Mandelbaum, Christian A. Herter Professor and Director of the American Foreign Policy program at the Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, and author of "That Used to be US: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back".

Jennifer Dunne,Professor, Santa Fe Institute, and Co-Director, Pacific Ecoinformatics and Computational Ecology Lab

Stephanie Forrest, External Professor and Science Board Co-Chair, Santa Fe Institute, and Professor, University of New Mexico

Daniel Schrag, Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology, Harvard University, Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering, and Director of the Harvard University Center for the Environment

Mark Newman, External Professor and Science Board, Santa Fe Institute, and Paul Dirac Collegiate Professor of Physics, University of Michigan, Physics and Complex Systems

Abhas K. Jha, Program Leader for the World Bank's East Asia and Pacific Region's Disaster Risk Management Team

Adam Rose, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California

Cowan Legacies Symposium

To honor SFI's founding president, George Cowan, his important scientific legacies and his endowment of the Cowan Professorship at SFI, the three inaugural Cowan Professors will each present a lecture on a topic relating to their current research.


Mahzarin Benaji, Cowan Professor, SFI, and Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics, Harvard

Robert Boyd, Cowan Professor, SFI, and Professor of Anthropology, University of California-Los Angeles

Ricardo Hausmann, Cowan Professor, SFI, Professor of the Practice of Economic Development, Harvard University, and Director of the Harvard Center for International Development

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