What is WICI?

The Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation is a research hub that promotes the rigorous transdisciplinary study of innovation within—and the resilient and beneficial transformation of—the complex adaptive systems essential to human well-being.


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ISAC Member Leigh Tesfatsion.


Sander van der Leeuw – WICI Talk – “Invention and innovation: the long term” from Waterloo Complexity Institute.

WICI Occasional Paper

Exergonic Innovations: The History of Britain’s Coal Exploitation
By Clayton J. M. Dasilva

This essay investigates the technological relationship between humanity and its environment, using the Industrial Revolution in Britain as a case study of exergonic innovation, where the invention of the Newcomen steam engine transformed Britain’s conception of coal and its potential, as well as that of British society.

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