WICI Talk with Dr. Sander van der Leeuw - "Invention and innovation: the long term"Export this event to calendar

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 — 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM EST

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Join us Tuesday, January 13th for a lecture by invention, sustainability and innovation expert Dr. Sander van der Leeuw.

Sander van der Leeuw

Join us starting at 2pm for coffee and conversation before the lecture begins at 2:30pm. If you are unable to attend Dr. van der Leeuw’s talk, a video will be posted on this page 2-3 weeks after the event.

Abstract
In the last twenty years, researchers have come to the conclusion that we cannot study the evolution of societies separately from those of their environments. Over time, the two have become closely intertwined, so that we can now speak of the ‘Anthropocene’ ­ the period in which humans have such an impact on their environment that the latter no longer follows its own dynamics. In the evolution that led up to this situation, we can distinguish three major phases in which humans invented major new ways to process matter, energy and information, as well as widening and deepening their interaction with the environment. The paper outlines this development, and then discusses some of then underlying drivers and their implications for our modern world, and the role of innovation in it.

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Location 
DC - William G. Davis Computer Research Centre
Room 1302
200 University Avenue West

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
Canada

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