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 […]

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Call for entries

On November 17, 2014 By

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 […]

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Speaker: Dr. Sander van der Leeuw
Title: Invention and innovation: the long term
Date: Tuesday, January 13, 2015 – 2-4pm
Location: DC 1302

A video of Dr. van der Leeuw’s talk is available below or on our Vimeo page.


In the last twenty years, researchers have come to […]

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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 […]

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Clayton Dasilva

On October 29, 2011 By

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 […]

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Milton Friesen

On September 6, 2011 By

Milton Friesen’s work includes serving on the executive team of Cardus, a public policy think tank, in addition to pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Waterloo, School of Planning. He has had diverse leadership and research experience that includes local and national non-profit contexts, elected municipal service, corporate communications work, undergraduate […]

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Corey Pembleton

On December 2, 2015 By

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 […]

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In her doctoral research, with the Department of Environment and Resource Studies (ERS), Perin Ruttonsha applies concepts from complex systems, social-ecological resilience, social innovation, and biomimicrymdiscourses, in examining processes and opportunities for the long-term, adaptive transformation of human settlements along sustainability pathways. She is especially interested in relational dynamics, social-eco-technological regime shifts, […]

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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 […]

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Mark Crowley

On June 4, 2015 By

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 […]

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Paul Thagard

On August 30, 2011 By

Paul Thagard is Professor of Philosophy and advisor for the Cognitive Science Program at the University of Waterloo. He is a graduate of the Universities of Saskatchewan, Cambridge, Toronto (Ph. D. in philosophy) and Michigan (M.S. in computer science). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of […]

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Manjana Milkoreit

On March 14, 2012 By

Manjana Milkoreit is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow with the Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiative at ASU’s Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. Her research focuses on the role of cognition in climate change politics, and more generally the way cognitive processes such as imagination or scientific knowledge impact the search for and implementation of solutions to […]

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Mark Tovey

On November 4, 2011 By

Mark edited Collective Intelligence: Creating a Prosperous World at Peace (EIN Press, 2008), he is Co-Editor (with Hassan Masum) of The Reputation Society: How Online Opinions are Reshaping the Offline World (MIT Press, 2011), and was editor of WorldChanging Canada from 2006–2010. Mark’s passions lie in […]

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Speaker: Dr. Tobias Schröder
Title: Changing minds about cars: Modeling the adoption of innovations in transportation
Date: Tuesday, February 26th 2013
Category: Seminar


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 […]

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Speaker: W. Brian Arthur
Title: How Does Technological Innovation Happen?
Date: Thursday, February 10, 2011
Category: Talk

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 […]

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Speaker: Victor Galaz
Title: Can Information Technology Really Help Save the Planet?
Date: Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Category: Talk

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, […]

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Speaker: Matthew Hoffman
Title: Governance Avalanches: A Self-Organized Criticality Perspective on Innovation in Global Governance
Date: Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Category: Talk

Professor Matthew Hoffman of the University of Toronto explores the applicability of theories of self-organized criticality to the study of innovation in global governance. He presents both an agent-based model […]

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Speaker: Frances Westley
Title: Complexity Approach to Change and Transformation
Date: Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Category: Talk

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 […]

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Speaker: Stuart A. Kauffman
Title: The Evolution of Economic Wealth and Innovation
Date: Monday, October 27, 2008
Category: Talk

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 […]

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