Why Things Break: Phase Transitions in Social Systems

Nice presentation from Noah Raford on phase transitions in complex social systems. Analogous to my prior posts here on type conversion in fire ecology, Noah is interested in one of my favorite subjects, how complex societies change phases (and sometimes fail), why they do so, and why they sometimes don’t. From a recent LSE presentation Noah has up a multi-disciplinary set of slides on the subject that touches all the right bases, including Charles Perrow, Didier Sornette, Joseph Tainter, wildfire ecology, etc.