The Center for Complexity Economics, Applied Spirituality and Public Policy (CEASP) at Jindal School of Government and Public Policy (JSGP) initiated a Reading and Discussion Circle in online mode and held its first session on December 8, 2020.
Created with the aim to enhance public policy research in the emerging ideas of complexity economics, quantum social sciences and applied spirituality, CEASP acts as a platform for cooperative learning wherein the associated faculty, research scholars, students and practitioners both from within and outside JGU can interact, elaborate, exchange opinions and develop a better understanding of relevant areas through such sessions.
The first session organised by Professor (Dr.) Naresh Singh, Director, CEASP, and Dr. Debajit Jha, Deputy Executive Director, CEASP, focused on an introduction to complexity science through three video presentations. The first, ‘Introduction to Complexity’ by Melanie Mitchell, elaborated on the complex systems, their properties and problems related to organised complexity. The second, ‘The Cynefin Framework’, shed light on a decision framework that is used for decision theory recognising the causal differences that exist between different types of systems, namely, simple, complicated, chaotic and complex, so that appropriate method for the appropriate domain could be used. The third, ‘Toby Lowe: Exploring new insights from complexity for funding, evaluating and fostering social change’, looked at how outcome-based problem management fails to deal adequately with complexity.