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NECSI Seminar Video Library
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NECSI Seminar Video Library
Selected Past Seminars, Available Online

An archive of selected NECSI-affiliated seminars and discussions on various topics:

The Hill and Smarter Fuels Future

Panel with Dominic K Albino Biofuels & American Energy

Panel discussion on the science and politics of the Renewable Fuel Standard and other aspects of America's biofuel policy, chaired by Paul Bledsoe, president of Bledsoe and Associates, featuring Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT).

Rob Green, executive director, National Council of Chain Restaurants
Dominic Albino, researcher, New England Complex Systems Institute
Scott Faber, vice president of government relations, Environmental Working Group
Michael McAdams, president, Advanced Biofuels Association

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"Biofuels & American Energy"

The Hill and Smarter Fuels Future panel discussion, recorded on April 11, 2014
1h 29m

World Food Programme presentation

Yaneer Bar-Yam A Complex Systems Perspective for Social Challenges

In an informal seminar with staff of the international food assistance organization, Yaneer Bar-Yam presents an overview of complex systems principles and NECSI research on food prices, ethnic violence, social unrest, and spatial sentiment patterns.

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"A Complex Systems Perspective for Social Challenges"

World Food Programme presentation, recorded on September 23, 2013
1h 18m

Chicago Council on Foreign Affairs: Global Food Security Symposium

Panel featuring Yaneer Bar-Yam The New Trade Opportunity

Panel discussion on the importance of trade, impediments to trade, and how trade can advance the development agenda, chaired by The Honorable Ann M. Veneman, former executive director, UNICEF; former secretary, US Department of Agriculture.

Dr. Yaneer Bar-Yam, president, NECSI
Dr. Shadrack Ralekeno Moephuli, president and CEO, Agricultural Research Council, South Africa
Mr. David C. Nelson, global strategist, Rabobank International
Mr. Michael Smart, vice president, Rock Creek Global Advisors LLC

Chicago Council Global Food Security Symposium Discussion, recorded on May 21, 2013
1h 2m

MIT/SDM Seminar

Dan Braha From Politics and Finance to Power Grids and Products: Addressing Complexity in the Interconnected World

How can we manage the financial crisis? How do civil unrest, religion, and rumors spread, and how is that related to epidemics and earthquakes? Can human behavior and societal systems be studied in the same way as biological systems and complex man-made systems?

In this webinar, MIT visiting professor and NECSI faculty member Dr. Dan Braha will demonstrate how the field of complexity research provides clues to these intriguing questions. He will focus on why and how complex socio-economic systems evolve and why these large scale engineering systems fail and offer guidelines that can be applied across industries and organizations around the world.

Dr. Braha's webinar is part of the MIT System Design and Management Program Systems Thinking Webinar Series, which is designed to disseminate information on how to employ systems thinking to address engineering, management, and socio-political components of complex challenges. Recorded on February 11, 2013.
1h 1m

NECSI Online Seminar

Yaneer Bar-Yam What is Complex Systems Science? Opportunities and Insights

Only 15 years ago, complex systems science had to justify its existence. Today it is taking the world by storm. Networks, big data, cascading crises, extreme events, the word "systems," and many other ideas are widely accepted and the basis for new advances and increasing the scope of science.

What is this movement about, what changes are in store, and what are the opportunities for engagement?

This video was recorded in two parts.

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"What is Complex Systems Science? Opportunities and Insights"

Click here to see part II:
"What is Complex Systems Science? Opportunities and Insights"

NECSI Online Seminar, recorded Monday, December 17, 2012
part I: 4m, part II: 1h30m

NECSI Online Seminar

Yaneer Bar-Yam After Sandy: Preparing for Crises

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, which has caused extensive loss of life and up to $50B in property damage, Yaneer Bar-Yam discusses in a NECSI Online Briefing how lessons from Sandy, and from Hurricane Katrina before that, can help cities, states, and the nation better prepare for large-scale crises. The work described was done in collaboration with Paul Seguin, Yavni Bar-Yam, Vedant Misra, and Dion Harmon.

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"After Sandy: Preparing for Crises"

NECSI Online Seminar, recorded Thursday, November 15, 2012
1h 06m

NECSI Online Seminar

Yaneer Bar-Yam Science of the Food Crisis

Food price spikes in 2007-2008 and 2010-2011 triggered food riots across the world - including the Arab Spring. NECSI quantified the heightened propensity for violence, unrest and revolution during times of high food prices. NECSI predicted another price bubble and corresponding surge in violence by the end of this year, but the worst U.S. drought in half a century has accelerated this process. Yaneer Bar-Yam presents NECSI's findings linking high food prices and unrest, and outline the significant causes of a decade-long price run-up: excessive financial speculation and the large-scale conversion of corn to ethanol. The work described was done in collaboration with Marco Lagi, Karla Z. Bertrand, Yavni Bar-Yam, Dominic K. Albino, and Greg Lindsay.

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"Food Prices and Crises"

NECSI Online Seminar, recorded Monday, October 29, 2012
1h 12m

Kaput Center Seminar

Yaneer Bar-Yam Complex Systems Principles and Education: Focusing on Universal Principles and Individual Differences

Presenting a few perspectives on the current trends in education from the perspective of a complex systems scientist. Among the likely topics: centrally prescribed metrics and standardized testing, charter schools, and innovations in mathematics education. Discussion based on analysis of complexity and scale, the substructure of neural cognition, and other relevant complex systems insights.

Kaput Center Seminar at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth,
recorded Wednesday, March 14, 2012
1h 30m

NECSI and MIT/ESD Seminar

Stuart Kauffman

The End Of A Physics Worldview: Heraclitus and the Watershed of Life

At the dawn of Western philosophy and science, some 2,700 years ago, Heraclitus declared, "The world bubbles forth." There is, in this fragment of thought, a natural magic, a creativity beyond the entailing laws of modern physics. Heraclitus was right about the evolution of the biosphere and human life. We live beyond entailing law in a natural magic we co-create. This talk was developed in collaboration with Giuseppe Longo.

NECSI and MIT/ESD Seminar recorded on Wednesday October 19, 2011
1h 23m

NECSI and MIT/ESD Seminar

Yaneer Bar-Yam Complex Systems: The Science of Prediction

This talk addresses common misconceptions about the predictability of high dimensional complex systems, from weather to economic markets and social systems, using specific quantitative approaches that are able to predict human collective behaviors. It also considers the possibility of developing early warning signs for crises in a wide range of natural and engineered systems. There are important implications for the future of science, and the responsibility of science for society. Audience questions about both practical (policy) and philosophical aspects of these issues (free will) are discussed.

NECSI and MIT/ESD Seminar recorded on Friday, April 8, 2011
1h 26m