"Complex Systems Theory, Sustainability, and Innovation" by Sander van der Leeuw

November 15, 2012 | Humans have so deeply impacted our world that the study of the evolution of societies cannot be separated from the study of environmental change. In this talk, 2012 United Nations Champion of the Earth and School of Sustainability Dean Sander van der Leeuw outlines the three phases of human innovation in the processing of matter, energy, and information and the ever-greater environmental actions which led to this point. Van der Leeuw argues for the need of a societal shift to a focus on sustainability and innovation that includes awareness of consequences.