From train derailments and massive oil spills to bankruptcies and medical errors, system failures are all too common. And they’re becoming more and more frequent. At first glance, these failures seem to stem from very different problems. But in an eye-opening new book, Chris Clearfield and András Tilcsik reveal that these events have a shared DNA. Drawing from the latest research and including riveting case studies of breakdowns big and small, MELTDOWN: Why Our Systems Fail and What We Can Do About It is a groundbreaking take on how complexity causes failures in all kinds of modern systems—from social media to air travel—and reveals how we can prevent meltdowns in business and our daily lives.
The West has been at the forefront of world history for almost 200 years. But that era is over, says Kishore Mahbubani, one of Asia’s most renowned thinkers. China, India, and others in the “Rest” are rapidly overtaking the West, both at an economic and at an intellectual level. On April 14th, we will speak with the second thinker in the De Balie Invites series to find out: what is the cause of this switch? And how should the West respond?