Dynamical Systems Theory for Peace and Social Change

Find out what DST is and how it started. Use introductory resources to get a deeper understanding of DST. Read more about the scholarly works that utilize DST Discover how DST is used in practice
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Use introductory resources to get a deeper understanding of DST.

We believe that the complex challenges facing society today can be effectively addressed by integrating traditional techniques with more adaptive approaches made possible through Dynamical Systems Theory (DST). Building upon decades of systemic research on war, aggression, and peace processes, the DST approach, inspired by physics and applied mathematics, emphasizes complexity, non-linear dynamics and patterns of behavior over time as essential for understanding our most challenging social problems.

Research has shown that about one in every twenty conflicts – five percent – becomes stuck and seemingly unresolvable. We see an increasing need for novel approaches to solving problems that reflect the complexity of the world today – approaches that avoid the traps and unintended consequences plaguing well-intentioned “fixes” that ultimately fail. In support of this, we are working on multiple fronts to advance the science, practice and education of DST.

Please continue reading to find out more about the Dynamical Systems Theory for Peace and Social Change, what the research it is based on, and the implications for practitioners.


ABOUT DYNAMICAL SYSTEMS THEORY

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What is Dynamical Systems Theory, and how does it change our view of the world?

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INTRODUCTORY RESOURCES

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Videos, Articles and Introductory Readings

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THE PARADIGM: COMPLEXITY, PSYCHOLOGY AND THE STUDY OF PEACE & CONFLICT

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Key academic publications to provide the theoretical underpinnings of DST.

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DYNAMICAL SYSTEMS THEORY IN PRACTICE

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Find out more about Dynamical Systems Practice Model, current practitioners and case reports.

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