When does linear problem-solving fail, and how can people’s decision-making become better informed to understand and manage the systemic nature of risk? Later chapters look at managing risk from the perspective of new conceptual, mathematical and computational methods, predominantly in network and complexity science. This chapter recognizes that complex problems are not susceptible to simple, predetermined solutions, and examines the question from a different angle. Focusing on ecological–social risk, it aims to look from the perspective of different world-views and knowledge systems about how humans understand and act in the world they inhabit. This is required to explore, recognize and move beyond some established habits of mind and to see in new ways that enable human societies to tackle ecological–social risk at the local and planetary scales.

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