Understanding the Complexity of Economic, Ecological, and Social Systems

  title={Understanding the Complexity of Economic, Ecological, and Social Systems},
  author={C. S. Holling},
  • C. S. Holling
  • Published 2001
  • Biology
  • Ecosystems
  • Hierarchies and adaptive cycles comprise the basis of ecosystems and social-ecological systems across scales. Together they form a panarchy. The panarchy describes how a healthy system can invent and experiment, benefiting from inventions that create opportunity while being kept safe from those that destabilize because of their nature or excessive exuberance. Each level is allowed to operate at its own pace, protected from above by slower, larger levels but invigorated from below by faster… CONTINUE READING
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