Building Resilience: Strengthening Civilization

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Antifragile - Nassim Taleb. An appeal to design our systems such that they get stronger under pressure and can resist low probability scenarios of devastating consequences as described in The Black Swan. One way to do that: Include incentive structures that make people have more Skin in the Game, another book by Taleb.

Seeing Like A State - James Scott. On the problems of top-down nation state planning and what we can learn from that for building future cooperative architectures.

Rules for a Flat World - Gillian Hadfield. Because current legal rules are too slow, costly, and localized for increasingly complex advanced economies, we need a new set of rules that enhance complex societies and economic interdependence. Dated but with a similar complaint about our legal system: Simple Rules for a Complex World by Richard Epstein.

Legal Systems Very Different From Ours - David Friedman. Reviews exotic past and present legal systems that encourage experimentation with legal structures. Also good by Friedman: The Machinery of Freedom, Law's Order.

Nudge - Cass Sunstein, Richard Thaler. On how decision-makers can leverage architectures that help people make better decisions.

Solving the Generator Function for Existential Risks - Daniel Schmachtenberger. Here as a blog post.

Creating A Manual For Civilization - LongNow. On collecting resources to rebuild civilization in case of collapse.

21 Lessons for the 21st Century- Yuval Harari. On large-scale trends that will shape this century and how to avoid risks arising from them. 

The Listening Society - Hanzi Freinacht. Analyzes psychological and cultural pathologies of society, and what a society would look like that enabled people to break out of them.

Re.Silience - Blog. On resilience and systems-thinking.

ALLFED - The Alliance to Feed the Earth in Disasters (ALLFED) is a non-profit with a mission to help build resilience to global food shocks (to feed everyone no matter what!).

John Garrick Institute for the Risk Sciences - “The advancement and application of the risk sciences to save lives, protect the environment and improve system performance.”

Centre for Long-Term Resilience - Think tank with a mission to transform global resilience to extreme risks.

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