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NECSI Executive Education: Antifragility
New England Complex Systems Institute
238 Main Street Suite 319, Cambridge, MA 02142
Phone: 617-547-4100 Fax: 617-661-7711

Antifragility: A User’s Manual

Learn to thrive in a volatile and complex world by creating "antifragile" organizations that thrive on stress and disorder

A two-day program for senior management
November 4th and 5th, 2013
Cambridge, MA


Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Distinguished Professor, Polytechnic Institute of New York University

Yaneer Bar-Yam, President and Professor,
New England Complex Systems Institute


When strong winds blow, don't build walls, but rather windmills: there is a way to turn every bit of adversity into fuel for improvement.

This course introduces the principles of antifragility and complex systems science to explain how organizations and markets respond to volatility. Participants will learn which organizations can be considered fragile or antifragile, why certain patterns and trends matter while others are just noise, and how to create organizations that use volatility, variability, stress and disorder as information for making better decisions.

The program will include lessons from Taleb’s current research and his New York Times bestseller Antifragile, including:

  • How to spot fragility
  • What antifragility is
  • Why it is better to be antifragile than smart
  • How not to mistake a cat for a washing machine
  • Heuristics and rules to simplify life and decision making
  • These will be paired with insights from Yaneer Bar-Yam’s current research and book Making Things Work, drawing upon case studies from financial markets, healthcare, systems engineering, the military, and other topics. Lessons include:

  • What complexity is
  • Patterns that can be recognized
  • How to harness the power of self-organization to be naturally antifragile
  • How to assess the metaview
  • Global risks and the "new normal"
  • Participants will be part of an open discussion and will leave with tools relevant to their organizations.


    This seminar is created for key decision makers and those who advise them: executives, senior management, public administrators, management consultants, organizational development professionals and business educators.


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