Challenges of Complexity - Global Megatrends
Human society is a complex system
, incapable of directive control, embedded in the planetary bio-geosphere, and comprising with it, a complex adaptive system
. In this presentation to the Global Economic Symposium 2015
, Sean Cleary suggests that the profound, multivariate asymmetry between the scale and depth of global economy, the absence of a commensurate, inclusive global community, and the defective state of our global polity, may have promoted the equivalent of a spontaneous symmetry break
, in which the workings of a complex system transition from a symmetric, but ill-defined state, to a more clearly-defined state in which the underlying laws are unchanged, although the system has changed from a symmetrical to an asymmetrical condition.