Addressing complex challenges at scale

Poverty and inequity, climate change, civil and cross-border war, food security, inadequate health care, education reform, weak governance, and environmental degradation are all examples of large-scale complex system transformation challenges. Complex systems evolve in unpredictable ways because of non-linear dynamic interactions. Change involves large-scale interactions between multiple agents and agencies.

Closing the large gap between the common practice of most governments, corporations and organizations and the available knowledge and practice for complex change requires a concerted development effort.

As Einstein said: “We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking we used when we created them”. The Emerging Potential Initiative aims to create a new level of thinking and action that advances knowledge, promotes the application of these approaches, and builds capacity to address complex change challenges.