Agorà — a transformational dance with urban systems

Ancient Agora, Izmir. Photo: F. Mora

Too large a proportion of recent “mathematical” economics are mere concoctions, as imprecise as the initial assumptions they rest on, which allow the author to lose sight of the complexities and interdependencies of the real world in a maze of pretentious and unhelpful symbols. — J.M. Keynes, Economist and Author of General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money.

“No particular games should be expected to predict the future…Good simulations are not about coming up with a solution to put on a shelf. At best, they inform a continuing process…iterative learning is part of a healthy policy process, and policymakers may pay closer attention to replicated findings.”Reid Pauly, Assistant Professor of Nuclear Security and Policy at Brown University

Agora Process Journey Map
Source: https://www.academyforchange.org/2019/12/07/leverage-points-iceberg-model-economic-development
Accelerator Labs: the challenge of engaging the mothership By Giulio Quaggiotto, Alexandru Oprunenco, and Bas Leurs

As Donella Meadows has wisely put it: “Systems can’t be controlled, but they can be designed and redesigned. We can’t impose our will upon a system. We can listen to what the system tells us and discover how its properties and our values can work together to bring forth something much better than could ever be produced by our will alone. We can’t control systems or figure them out. But we can dance with them!”

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