Metacrisis Match Funding Round: Call for Applications and further sponsors

Apr 14 2023
What is the metacrisis?
The metacrisis, a term popularized by Daniel Schmachtenberger, refers to the systemic and interdependent nature of the various crises facing humanity, which are driven by the misalignment between our technological capabilities, social systems, and underlying value structures. It highlights the interconnectedness of issues such as environmental degradation, socioeconomic inequality, political instability, and technological risks, emphasizing that the resolution of one crisis cannot be truly achieved without addressing the others. The metacrisis underscores the necessity for a comprehensive, cooperative, and paradigm-shifting approach to problem-solving, demanding a transition from a competitive, zero-sum mindset to one that prioritizes collective well-being, long-term resilience, and the flourishing of all life on Earth.

Story of the match funding round
Between Jul 2022 – Jan 2023, Daniel and Kevin Owocki had three conversations on the metacrisis on the Green Pill podcast:

…continues in source

GAMEIFYING REALITY w/ Bobby Azarian – The Integral Stage podcast By Bruce Alderman / Layman Pascal

The Integral Stage
By Bruce Alderman / Layman Pascal

Cognitive neuroscientist and science writer, Bobby Azarian, returns to the Integral Stage for a deep and wide-ranging discussion of the emerging scientific paradigm — the complexity science paradigm arising out of the intersections of physics, biology, neuroscience, and information theory — that will likely shape self, culture, and society for the next century. If the universe is now known to be self-organizing through levels of developmental emergence, and if we are, as Carl Sagan once said, “a way for the cosmos to know itself,” what really are the implications of such a view for all the domains of life that matter to us? This perspective, of course, is in its general outlines very similar to the one Ken Wilber outlined in Sex, Ecology, Spirituality, but the science has developed since Wilber published SES; so Bobby and Layman explore those developments, and how they further reinforce, and in some cases update, the synthesis Wilber offered several decades ago. Bobby Azarian is a cognitive neuroscientist (PhD, George Mason University), a science journalist, and author of the book The Romance of Reality: How the Universe Organizes Itself to Create Life, Consciousness, and Cosmic Complexity. He has written for The Atlantic, The New York Times, BBC Future, Scientific American, Slate, The Huffington Post, Quartz, The Daily Beast, Aeon, and others. His research has been published in peer-reviewed journals like Human Brain Mapping, Cognition & Emotion, Acta Psychologica, and Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. His Psychology Today blog (Mind in the Machine) has received over 8 million views, making it one of the most popular blogs on the website. He has been a guest on The Joe Rogan Experience, the Michael Shermer Show, The David Pakman Show, The Jim Rutt Show, The Young Turks, the Singularity University podcast, and many others. He helped develop multiple episodes for Season 2 of the YouTube Premium series Mind Field, which won the show its first Emmy nomination. He is a pro at audio and music production, and is currently working on an educational podcast based on his new book.

Biofilia – WebMeeting con Stella Saladino e Nicola Zengiaro – Complexity Institute – online, 13 April 2023 at 21:00 UK time


Fourth evening of the series of meetings of the Complexity Institute 2023 

The Complexity Institute, in collaboration with Nested srl Società Benefit, presents the fourth online meeting of 

Cycle of meetings dedicated to Biophilia 

the last evening of the web meeting cycle on biophilia in which, for four Thursday evenings from 21.00, two people talk and discuss the topic of biophilia declined through different perspectives

The ecosystem of the plant world:

meeting with Stella Saladino and Nicola Zengiaro

Biofilia – WebMeeting con Stella Saladino e Nicola Zengiaro – Complexity Institute

The Entangled Brain: How Perception, Cognition, and Emotion Are Woven Together | Pessoa (2022) – open access book


Luiz Pessoa

The MIT Press


ISBN electronic:


In Special Collection: CogNet

Publication date:


The Entangled Brain: How Perception, Cognition, and Emotion Are Woven Together | Books Gateway | MIT Press

The Goddamn Airplane on the Goddamn Treadmill – xkcd

[A powerful example of complexity in understandings]

The Goddamn Airplane on the Goddamn Treadmill

Posted by Randall 2008-09-09

The Goddamn Airplane on the Goddamn Treadmill – xkcd

See also (as per XKCD)

Jessica Flack on Twitter: “Complexity all the way down: It’s becoming clear that the view complexity increases as we move up life’s organizational hierarchy is wrong (thread)…2

[Sharing this as I suspect it’s one of those head-scratchers, possibly that depends on what you’re look at and how…]

Complexity all the way down: It’s becoming clear that the view complexity increases as we move up life’s organizational hierarchy is wrong (thread)

Jessica Flack on Twitter: “Complexity all the way down: It’s becoming clear that the view complexity increases as we move up life’s organizational hierarchy is wrong (thread) Dendrite compartments allow single neurons to compute XOR @mattlark @quantamagazine” / Twitter

And follow-up minithread:

Economic Fitness and Complexity Spring School. June 5-9, 2023, Rome.

Complexity Digest

The Enrico Fermi Research Centre – CREF (Rome) and UNU-MERIT (Maastricht), in collaboration with the Young Scholar Initiative of the Institute of New Economic Thinking are now calling for submissions to the first Economic Fitness and Complexity spring school, which will be held on June 5-9, 2023 in Rome, Italy. The school is an extensive introduction to the economic complexity framework, with theoretical and practical lessons. The first three days will focus on theoretical and practical classes covering the following topics: economic complexity measurement, network theory, machine learning, measurement of relatedness. Theoretical lectures will be followed by coding labs, where participants will have the chance to apply the methodologies introduced in class, and to carry out assigned group projects, focusing on the school core themes. For the last two days of the school, many world-wide renowned scholars have been invited to present their frontier research linking economic complexity with economic…

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Carlos Gershenson on Balance, Criticality, Antifragility, and The Philosophy of Complex Systems

Complexity Digest

In this episode we speak with Carlos Gershenson, SFI Sabbatical Visitor and professor of computer science at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, where he leads the Self-organizing Systems Lab, among many other titles you can find in our show notes. For the next hour, we’ll discuss his decades of research and writing on a vast array of core complex systems concepts and their intersections with both Western and Eastern philosophical traditions — a first for this podcast.

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Universal bounds and thermodynamic tradeoffs in nonequilibrium energy harvesting

Complexity Digest

Jordi Piñero, Ricard Solé, Artemy Kolchinsky

Many molecular systems operate by harvesting and storing energy from their environments. However, the maintenance of a nonequilibrium state necessary to support energy harvesting itself carries thermodynamic costs. We consider the optimal tradeoff between costs and benefits of energy harvesting in a nonequilibrium steady state, for a system that may be in contact with a fluctuating environment. We find a universal bound on this tradeoff, which leads to closed-form expressions for optimal power output and optimal steady-state distributions for three physically meaningful regimes. Our results are illustrated using a model of a unicyclic network, which is inspired by the logic of biomolecular cycles.

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Complexity Digest


Advances in Complex SystemsVol. 25, No. 08, 2250014

Resilience denotes the capacity of a system to withstand shocks and its ability to recover from them. We develop a framework to quantify the resilience of highly volatile, non-equilibrium social organizations, such as collectives or collaborating teams. It consists of four steps: (i) delimitation, i.e. narrowing down the target systems, (ii) conceptualization, i.e. identifying how to approach social organizations, (iii) formal representation using a combination of agent-based and network models, (iv) operationalization, i.e. specifying measures and demonstrating how they enter the calculation of resilience. Our framework quantifies two dimensions of resilience, the robustness of social organizations and their adaptivity, and combines them in a novel resilience measure. It allows monitoring resilience instantaneously using longitudinal data instead of an ex-post evaluation.

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The impact of signal variability on epidemic growth rate estimation from wastewater surveillance data

Complexity Digest

Ewan Colman, Rowland R. Kao

Background Testing samples of waste water for markers of infectious disease became a widespread method of surveillance during the COVID-19 pandemic. While these data generally correlate well with other indicators of national prevalence, samples that cover localised regions tend to be highly variable over short time scales.

Methods We introduce a procedure for estimating the realtime growth rate of pathogen prevalence using time series data from wastewater sampling. The number of copies of a target gene found in a sample is modelled as time-dependent random variable whose distribution is estimated using maximum likelihood. The output depends on a hyperparameter that controls the sensitivity to variability in the underlying data. We apply this procedure to data reporting the number of copies of the N1 gene of SARS-CoV-2 collected at water treatment works across Scotland between February 2021 and February 2023.

Results The real-time growth rate of…

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Strong connectivity in real directed networks

Complexity Digest

Niall Rodgers, et al.

PNAS 120 (12) e2215752120

Many real-world systems are connected in a complex directed network, such as food webs, social, or neural networks. Spreading and synchronization processes often occur in such systems, and understanding the percolation transition (formation of a giant connected component) is key to controlling these dynamics. However, unlike in the undirected case, this had not been understood in directed networks with realistic nonrandom architectures. We provide a universal framework in which the percolation threshold for networks to be strongly connected (every node to be able to reach every other) can be analytically predicted on any real-world network and verify this on a diverse dataset. This explains why many real, dense networks are not strongly connected, in contrast to random-graph theory.

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Mathematical models to explain the origin of urban scaling laws

Complexity Digest

Fabiano L. Ribeiro, Diego Rybski

Physics Reports

Volume 1012, 23 April 2023, Pages 1-39

The quest for a theory of cities that could offer a quantitative and systematic approach to managing cities represents a top priority. If such a theory is feasible, then its formulation must be in a mathematical way. As a contribution to organizing the mathematical ideas that deal with such a systematic way of understanding urban phenomena, we review the main theoretical models present in the literature that aim at explaining the origin and emergence of urban scaling. We intend to present the models, identify similarities and connections between them, and find situations in which different models lead to the same output. In addition, we report situations where some ideas initially introduced in a particular model can also be introduced in another one, generating more diversification and increasing the scope of the original works. The models treated…

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Calls for the 2023 CSS Emerging Researcher, Junior, and Senior Scientific Awards

Complexity Digest

The Complex Systems Society announces the ninth edition of the CSS Scientific Awards.
The Emerging Researcher Award recognizes promising researchers in Complex Systems within 3 years of the PhD defense.
The Junior Scientific Award is aimed at recognizing excellent scientific record of young researchers within 10 years of the PhD defense.
The Senior Scientific Award will recognize outstanding contributions of Complex Systems scholars at whatever stage of their careers.
Deadline: May 31st, 2023.

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Conference on Complex Systems 2023 – 16-20 October 2023, Salvador da Bahia, Brazil

We have the pleasure of welcoming you to the next edition of the Conference on Complex Systems CCS2023 in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil. The CCS is the largest and most important annual meeting of the international complex systems community. It comes under the auspices of the Complex Systems Society. This edition, organized by SENAI CIMATEC, takes place after previous events hold in, Mallorca, Lyon, Singapore, Thessaloniki and Cancun.

We welcome you all in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil.

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