ABU DHABI, 16th November 2016 (WAM) — Peter Ho, Senior Advisor to the Singapore-based Centre for Strategic Futures, last night delivered a lecture titled, “Governing for the Future” at the Majlis of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces.
According to Ho, globalisation, resulting from, and combined with technological innovation, has accelerated change on all fronts – political, economic and social.
“Much of this change has followed unpredictable trajectories and the reason for this is complexity,” he said and added that complex is not the same as complicated.
The natural world is complex, he explained, but an engineering system like a machine or an aeroplane or a telecommunications satellite is merely complicated. Its inner workings may be hard for a layman to understand, but it is designed to perform certain predetermined functions that are repeatable. In contrast, a complex system will not necessarily behave in a repeatable and predetermined manner.
“Cities are complex systems, as are human societies. The Earth’s ecology is also a complex system. Political systems are complex. Countries are complex. The world as a whole is complex and unordered. In all likelihood, a complicated world has not existed for a very long time if it ever did,” he noted.
Ho thanked Sheikh Mohamed for hosting the event.
The lecture was attended by H.H. Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chief of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, as well as a number of ministers and senior officials.