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Tipping Points Workshop: Critical Transitions

A two-day interdisciplinary workshop to launch the final work package of the Tipping Points project September 27-28 at the Palatine Centre. Speakers Include: John Adams (London School of Economics) Derek Attridge (University of York) Mark Currie (Queen Mary, University of London) Christopher Norris (Cardiff University) Santiago Zabala (ICREA/University of Barcelona) And members and advisors of the Tipping Points project […]

Biodiversity Tipping Points

As part of the 2012 Tipping Points Conference held at Durham University, Prof Patricia Howard gives an inspiring keynote presenting the role of biodiversity in human societies. Howard explores the notion of ‘biodiversity tipping points within the context of indigenous communities and species focusing on where human culture and nature meet forming a unique ecological […]

The City of London as a Global Financial Centre

In one of the final presentations given at the Tipping Points Annual Conference, Prof Ranald Michie presents the history of London as a global financial centre before and after the 2007-08 banking crisis and subsequent euro debt crisis.  He explains how London became the global financial centre it is today.  He also talks about tipping […]

Who is ‘the 99%’?

July 14, 2012 by

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“…think of what ninety nine percent of the human race want – food, shelter, a secure family life and to be left alone by bosses and busybodies. Unfortunately the one percent who are interested in power and ideals and ideologies are the ones who call the tune.” (Aldous Huxley, 1947) One of the more powerful […]

Tipping Points in Ecological Dynamics

This post is from Dr John Bissell, a physicist researching tipping points in mathematical systems for the project. In a conference that had largely focused on `tipping points’ in human society, especially those involving the spread of `buzzwords’, `innovation’ and `trends’, Prof Richard Law‘s talk on ecological dynamics (for those who might not have a […]

Dr Nick Winder presents ‘The Colluphidean Paradigm’

July 11, 2012 by

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Dr Nick Winder gives a highly interesting talk on his paper ‘The Colluphidean Paradigm’.  Who is Colluphid you might ask?  For those familiar with A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams you likely know the answer already.  Oolid Colluphid is a fictional author in the book who writes a philosophical trilogy: Where God […]

Blame Games: Scapegoats, Turncoats and Sacrificial Lambs

July 11, 2012 by

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In his speech at the Tipping Points Annual Event on 3rd July 2012 Professor Eric Abrahamson of the Columbia Business School talks about the many different ways in which blame is apportioned in the aftermath of catastrophic tipping point events such as the Global Financial Crisis. The research builds on the rich literature on theories […]

The Dubious Market for Shady Business Techniques

July 9, 2012 by

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In his keynote speech at the Tipping Points conference, on 2-3 July 2012, Professor Eric Abrahamson of the Columbia Business School discussed what he refers to as ‘the dubious market for shady business techniques’.  The talk was largely a critique of the process by which different ideas that purport to ‘revolutionise’ business practice have replaced […]

British Bank Stability and Financial Crisis since 1945

July 9, 2012 by

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In a lively and energetic talk, Professor Ranald Michie provided those in attendance at the Tipping Points Conference with a fresh insight into the financial turmoil that has recently engulfed the British banking sector. Looking first at some of the most prominent explanations that have been put forward by the press and politicians, Professor Michie […]

Political Tipping Points, Part 1: ‘Social exclusion’

July 6, 2012 by

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‘In our time, political speech and writing are largely the defence of the indefensible.  Things like the continuance of British rule in India, the Russian purges and deportations, the dropping of the atom bombs on Japan, can indeed be defended, but only by arguments which are too brutal for most people to face, and which […]

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