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July 22, 2018 1:36 pm

Getting the inequality we want

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Far from establishing – or even debating – a specific level to which to reduce inequality, politicians continue to allow it to rise. This will change only when policymakers treat inequality more like GDP growth, health care, or climate-change mitigation:... Read Blogpost

March 16, 2018 12:58 pm

The art of ratcheting

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The Netherlands is embarking on an effort to define a next set of climate policy targets. This editorial in the Financieel Dagblad recommends considering including a ratcheting mechanism. Ratcheting was the major innovation of the COP21 Paris agreement. Faced with... Read Blogpost

July 6, 2017 12:21 pm

Resilience and systemic risk

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Standard risk management tools generally hold the implicit assumption that risks are normalized. Indeed the usual representation of risks on a matrix showing probability on one axis against impact on the other requires the risk to be quantified in the... Read Blogpost

October 16, 2016 12:28 pm

Connecting complexity and Trump

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The Economist has written: “Farewell, left versus right. The contest that matters now is open against closed”. In other places I have written extensively about how the traditional left/right divide has ended up conflating means and ends. The great human... Read Blogpost

May 11, 2016 12:57 pm

Complexity in schools

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In the Huffington Post, noted education blogger Cathy Rubin publishes an interview that we did a few months ago. In it i underscore the importance for a next generation of kids to grow up being complexity-litterate. In fact working together... Read Blogpost

December 23, 2015 2:57 pm

Methane is different @ COP21

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Methane accounts for a third of the radiative forcing that warms the world. Yet for mitigation purposes under COP21 its impact is simply translated into CO2. That is likely not the best approach. The form of governance needs to fit... Read Blogpost