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Friday, August 7 • 09:00 - 09:45
Keynote: Prof. Noam Cook - A Delicate Balance: The Interdependence of Natural, Artifactual and Human Systems

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Governing the anthropocene entails, in part, constituting a delicate balance among distinct types of systems. Building on the work of Sir Geoffrey Vickers, I identify three types of systems—natural, artefactual, and human. Each has its own requirements for stability and sustainability. Together they have further requirements for functioning interdependently, particularly in any form we ought to consider desirable.
I outline some of what these concepts suggest, and argue that understanding stability, sustainability, and interdependence in cybersystemic terms may put us in a better position not only to govern the anthropocene, but to govern it more responsibly. 
I explore some practical implications of this view in comparing major water projects in Singapore and California. 


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Noam Cook

Professor (Emeritus), noamcook@gmail.com
Noam Cook is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at San Jose State University (SJSU). He holds a PhD from MIT (where he worked closely with Sir Geoffrey Vickers, Edgar Schein, and Donald Schön, among others), and BA and MA degrees from San Francisco State University.His interests lie... Read More →

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Patricia Kambitsch

Conference Sketch Artist, Playthink
I am an interdisciplinary artist and author.I facilitate dialogue through the visual arts, theatre, creative writing, and dance. As a former classroom teacher and adviser for over twenty years in urban public schools, I helped found one of the first Gates Foundation-funded Early College... Read More →

Friday August 7, 2015 09:00 - 09:45
Aurora 2 & 3 Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz, Gabriele-Tergit-Promenade 19, 10963 Berlin, Germany

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