The New Cascade Institute is a collaboration between the University of Waterloo and Royal Roads University that will identify intervention points that have the potential to positively influence global crises like the COVID-19 pandemic. The Cascade Institute will focus on humanity’s critical problems, including pandemics, climate change, growing wealth inequality, economic disruption, political instability and social upheaval and how these crises are interconnected.
The institute will be led by Faculty of Environment researcher Thomas Homer-Dixon, best known as the bestselling author of Carbon Shift, The Upside of Down and The Ingenuity Gap.
With an emphasis on quality and speed, the Cascade Institute will look for potential intervention points in complex systems and share its findings with senior decisionmakers around the world, as well as train Royal Roads students, professionals, practitioners and community leaders in intervention strategies.
“The institute will place the current pandemic within a broad, systemic focus on humanity’s global challenges,” says Homer-Dixon. “Our complex social, economic, and ecological systems present humanity with extreme dangers as well as extreme opportunities. Finding the opportunities to intervene and put us all on a more positive path is what the institute is all about.”