Complex Socio-Environmental Systems and How they Change

Tuesday, October 3, 2023 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm EDT

Wickedness is a defining feature of the most challenging social, ecological, and economic challenges we face. Wicked problems are inherently incomplete, contradictory, and uncertain but they are not beyond the scope of design and intervention. In this talk we will outline complex systems, how they differ from simple and complicated systems, and what the implications of these differences are for those seeking to make change in the world.

About the speaker
Dr. Sean Geobey is the Director of the Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation (WICI), Co-Director of the Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience (WISIR), Academic Director of the Masters of Economic Development and Innovation (MEDI), and Associate Professor in Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship in the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED) at the University of Waterloo. His research is at the intersection of design thinking, innovation systems, and social impact with applications in areas including social finance, affordable housing, and novel pedagogical practice.