The next event in our 2014-2015 WICI Speakers Series is a lecture by Dr. Sander van der Leeuw, “Invention and innovation: the long term.” The event will take place on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 from 2-4pm in DC 1302.
Dr. van der Leeuw is a Foundation Professor in the School of Sustainability and School of […]Continue Reading →
Are you a university student interested in communication, collaboration networks and open source communities? Are you looking for a chance to win $500? Then WICI has a challenge for you!
In conjunction with Dr. John McLevey’s talk, WICI is hosting its first challenge of the 2014-2015 year.
We’re looking for short essays (1000-1500 words) about […]Continue Reading →
Speaker: Marcin Jakubowski, Ph.D.
Title: Open Source Ecology: Towards the Open Source Economy
Date: Thursday, May 15th, 2014 at 6pm-8pm
A video of the presentation can be found below.
Where consumption has become our major daily activity, we rarely ask what it means to ‘produce’ something. Open, collaborative […]Continue Reading →
Clay Dasilva is currently a PhD student in Global Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, University of Waterloo, having also obtained his Master of Arts there in 2012. His research broadly focuses on the interactions between society, technology and ecology, in particular the governance of innovations that permit the decoupling of […]Continue Reading →
Corey Pembleton is completing an MSc in Geomatics in the Geography Department, Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo, Canada. His research focuses on how urban climate change resilience challenges can be addressed by taking a geospatial approach to urban design (geodesign). As an emerging field in geospatial sciences, geodesign incorporates complexity principles by furthering understanding […]Continue Reading →
Andjela Tatarovic enjoys learning and questionning the essence of things. Philosophy is a natural pass-time while quantifying ideas is more of a challenge, but enjoyed nonetheless. She likes learning the languages of things, and the relation between the abstract and the concrete. Through architecture, she has taken a particular interest in the etymolgogy of […]Continue Reading →
Mark Crowley is an Assistant Professor in the Pattern Recognition and Machine Intelligence group in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He received his Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of British Columbia working in the Laboratory for Computational […]Continue Reading →
Speaker: Dr. Tobias Schröder
Title: Changing minds about cars: Modeling the adoption of innovations in transportation
Date: Tuesday, February 26th 2013
Dr. Schröder will present an agent-based model of the likely future adoption of electric vehicles by consumers in the city of Berlin, Germany. The […]Continue Reading →
Speaker: W. Brian Arthur
Title: How Does Technological Innovation Happen?
Date: Thursday, February 10, 2011
In this lecture and discussion at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, W. Brian Arthur reviews the thesis of his book The Nature of Technology with Lee Smolin, Frances Westley, and Thomas Homer-Dixon. In his […]Continue Reading →
Speaker: Victor Galaz
Title: Can Information Technology Really Help Save the Planet?
Date: Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Abrupt climate change, “planetary boundaries” and the failure of international institutions to deal with multiple interacting global crises have gained considerable scientific and political attention over the last years. Few sustainability scientists however, […]Continue Reading →
Speaker: Frances Westley
Title: Complexity Approach to Change and Transformation
Date: Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Social innovation alters the basic routines and beliefs of a society, but the durability and scale necessary to generate this momentum requires enough interactive opportunity and action. Professor Frances Westley, Director of Social Innovation Generation […]Continue Reading →
Speaker: Stuart A. Kauffman
Title: The Evolution of Economic Wealth and Innovation
Date: Monday, October 27, 2008
Stuart Kauffman, one of the founders of the field of complex systems, explains the principles that he proposes underlie innovation and economic growth. He illustrates these principles with real world examples from his […]Continue Reading →