Using information about the resilience of many systems to inform the regulation of complex, unpredictable human systems

P. H. Longstaff

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Abstract

This paper is written for managers and policy makers who must devise strategies for some of the new dangers that face all of us in the 21 st century. It does not pretend to academic depth, but gives an overview of new research in resilience that seems to offer important clues for security in complex, unpredictable systems. Most of the new dangers are so complex that specific events are not predictable, engendering many "surprises." Resilience strategies are defined as those that allow a system to bounce back from a surprise. Resilience is differentiated from a strategy for resistance or robustness, where the goal would be to keep out danger and avoid the surprise. Resilience is thus useful where it is not possible to build resistance. The paper includes specific recommendations for building resilience strategies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationWMSCI 2007 - The 11th World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, Jointly with the 13th International Conference on Information Systems Analysis and Synthesis, ISAS 2007 - Proc.
Pages84-89
Number of pages6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2007
Event11th World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, WMSCI 2007, Jointly with the 13th International Conference on Information Systems Analysis and Synthesis, ISAS 2007 - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: Jul 8 2007Jul 11 2007

Publication series

NameWMSCI 2007 - The 11th World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, Jointly with the 13th International Conference on Information Systems Analysis and Synthesis, ISAS 2007 - Proc.
Volume3

Other

Other11th World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, WMSCI 2007, Jointly with the 13th International Conference on Information Systems Analysis and Synthesis, ISAS 2007
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL
Period7/8/077/11/07

Keywords

  • Complex systems
  • Public policy
  • Regulation
  • Resilience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Information Systems

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    Longstaff, P. H. (2007). Using information about the resilience of many systems to inform the regulation of complex, unpredictable human systems. In WMSCI 2007 - The 11th World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, Jointly with the 13th International Conference on Information Systems Analysis and Synthesis, ISAS 2007 - Proc. (pp. 84-89). (WMSCI 2007 - The 11th World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, Jointly with the 13th International Conference on Information Systems Analysis and Synthesis, ISAS 2007 - Proc.; Vol. 3).