In a few sentences, Jay Forrester, still perfectly lucid at 95, outlines the origins of the problems we face with climate change and everything else. In the 1960s, Forrester developed a method of study of complex system that he called "system dynamics" and that was at the origin of the 1972 study "The Limits to Growth." Nearly 50 years later, the understanding of the behavior of complex systems by leaders and policy makers remains primitive at best. And it shows.
"People do the things they think they should do, but do not realize that what they are doing is causing the problems"
"[our leaders] reach maturity and come to positions of influence with a completely incorrect understanding of the systems they are dealing with"
"... and yet we are asking leaders to run systems that are way beyond any possibility for them to really understand them"
(h/t Tom Fiddaman)