Early View Article - A Safe Governance Space for Humanity: Necessary Conditions for the Governance of Global Catastrophic Risks

A Safe Governance Space for Humanity: Necessary Conditions for the Governance of Global Catastrophic Risks

The world faces a multiplicity of global catastrophic risks (GCRs), whose functionality as individual and collective complex adaptive networks (CANs) poses unique problems for governance in a world that itself comprises an intricately interlinked set of CANs. Here we examine necessary conditions for new approaches to governance that consider the known properties of CANs—especially that small changes in one part of the system can cascade and amplify throughout the system and that the system as a whole can also undergo rapid, dramatic, and often unpredictable change with little or no warning.

 

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