Preparing for Change in the Anthropocene: a Systems Perspective


  • Ian Roderick The Schumacher Institute


This paper considers what we mean by the Anthropocene and what are some of the underlying systemic phenomena that are prevalent. From the immense complexity of the world we can distinguish patterns of system behaviours, many of these produce reinforcing feedback loops that result in exponential growth, others commit human development to certain pathways that are impossible to escape. The emergence of what we call megatrends, which underlie the changes we foresee, are producing a crisis of global civilisation and a potential great disruption. The need for preparation in the face of these changes become apparent and various systems tools are explored to gain insight into how we might build a sustainable and resilient world.