The complexity index for human progress has risen dramatically over the past 150 years. In that relatively brief period of time, the human impact on natural systems has perhaps irrevocably brought us to an inflection point that we do not yet fully understand. In the coming decades, the demands of human systems on natural systems will continue on its path of increasing intensity and complexity. Meeting these new and highly complex challenges will require large-scale team efforts that link academia, business and industry, and governments. Michael Crow explains why conventional interdisciplinary approaches might not be sufficient to address tomorrow’s challenges. He then suggests a reconceptualized academic enterprise that adapts to emerging complexities and enhances our ability to manage tomorrow’s challenges.
Michael Crow is President of Arizona State University. Since 2002 he has guided the transformation of ASU into one of the nation’s leading public metropolitan research universities – a model he terms the “New American University.”
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