You are invited to attend the Stockholm Transition Colloquium!

”We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them” – Albert Einstein.

On December 8th, 2019, a group of the world’s foremost researchers in Complex Systems Science will gather in Stockholm. You are invited to join us to add your unique perspective to this interactive and participatory conversations, seminar and workshop – at Radisson Blu Royal Park Hotel in Frösundavik, Stockholm.

Humankind now faces challenges that are unprecedented. Leaders must be better prepared to assess the crisis of survival that is already underway, anticipate rapidly emerging new threats, and accurately evaluate the ecological limits of planet Earth.

A methodology has emerged from the new science of Complex Systems that helps us navigate the risks to the living systems on the planet. Together, we will discover hidden solutions to the challenges we face, and learn about new methodologies that can help us as we transition to a much-altered planet.

The international delegation is led by DR. STUART KAUFFMAN, an American medical doctor, theoretical biologist, and​ complex systems researcher​ who studies the origin of life on Earth, and DR. MERLE LEFKOFF, the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Emergent Diplomacy in Santa Fe, New Mexico, applying complex adaptive systems theory to diplomatic negotiations.​ See the list of both international and Swedish confirmed participants.*

The purpose of the Stockholm Transition Colloquium is to create an “experience sharing forum” among Complex Adaptive Systems scholars and Swedish government officials, business executives, entrepreneurs, research institutions, media, academic and educational communities, as well as a broad range of public stakeholders in the expanding conversation around the enormous complexity of climate disruption. Participants at the Colloquium will gain a more complex overview of the environmental state of the planet and together develop new strategies for planetary survival based on a perspective that is holistic, long-term, and integral.

The outcome of the meeting is emergent and unpredictable, but the intention is to reach agreement on scenarios for transition to and survival on a disrupted planet. This is an opportunity to be in the forefront of long-term leadership to address the most critical issue of our time, the possible collapse of our planet’s economic, social, and ecological systems. We anticipate that this Colloquium will inaugurate a continuing series of action-oriented discussions.

Additionally The Center for Emergent Diplomacy (CED), a co-host of this event, is part of a unique Complex Systems science network in the United States based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. CED will invite participants at the Colloquium to enter a collaborative dialogue space of unknown futures, the Adjacent Possible (TAP), a metaphor adopted from the pioneering work of Evolutionary Biologist Stuart Kauffman.  Kauffman will speak about the relentless human creativity through the ages that brought us both prosperity and unintended destruction. The TAP metaphor will be used as a tool to help participants map undiscovered ways in which the present can reinvent itself. Advanced visualization tools will also be demonstrated to pedagogically illustrate the effects of climate change in these complex systems.

Join us at this extraordinary day at Radisson Blu Royal Park Hotel in Frösundavik, Stockholm!

Dr.Stuart Kauffman, Dr.Merle Lefkoff, Dr.Arthur Dahl, Katherine Peil Kaufmann, Dr.Gary Metcalf, Dr.Michael A.Rostek, Dr.Naresh Singh, CEO Steven Smith. Facilitators: Annika Dopping and Lars Larsson.

Dr.Karl-Henrik Robèrt (Swe), MSc Pella Thiel (Swe), Dr.Stuart Kauffman (USA), CEO Angelica Lips Da Cruz (Swe), Lars Larsson (Swe), Dr.Merle Lefkoff (USA).

You can book a ticket for the seminar or for the whole day including the Christmas buffet “julbord” and workshop.

It is possible to stay at the venues lovely location, the Radisson Blu Royal Park Hotel, for the weekend at a special price.

PLEASE book your ticket and read more below.


December 8, Sunday - Open Seminar

09:00 – 13:00 Stockholm Transition Colloquium, Seminar/Panel discussion

13.00 – 14.30 Lunch: Julbord “Christmas Smörgåsbord” - enjoy a unique culinary experience, plant-based buffé by the Canadian food profile Doug McNish, co-created with John & Co Plant Lab and Sophies Raw.

14:30 – 18:00 Stockholm Transition Colloquium, Workshop


December 9, Monday - Press Conference

9:00 – 11:00 Stockholm Transition Colloquium, Press Conference.

American medical doctor, theoretical biologist, and​ complex systems researcher​ who studies the origin of life on Earth
DR. MERLE LEFKOFF is the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Emergent Diplomacy in Santa Fe, New Mexico, applying complex adaptive systems theory to diplomatic negotiations
DR. ARTHUR DAHL is a biologist at the science-policy interface in intergovernmental organizations, including the United Nations Environment Program
KATHERINE PEIL KAUFFMAN is the Founding Director of EFS International, whose mission is to foster global emotional wisdom
DR. GARY METCALF is an American systems scientist, organizational theorist, management consultant and university professor
DR. MICHAEL A. ROSTEK is advising the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) on institutionalizing futures thinking in order to assist in development and implementation of futures concepts through teaching and practice
DR. NARESH SINGH is presently Honorary Visiting Professor in the School of Government and Public Policy at the OP Jindal Global University in Haryana, India and Lecturer, Loyola University of Chicago, Rome Campus
STEPHEN GUERIN is President of Redfish Group in Santa Fe, New Mexico, an R&D consultancy applying the emerging science of Complex Adaptive Systems to createliving software systems
STEVEN SMITH is President of Los Alamos Visualization Associates (LAVA).

Radisson Blu Royal Park Hotel in Stockholm is ideally located on the edge of the beautiful Brunnsviken and Haga Park, giving you the chance to experience a more peaceful side of the Swedish capital. With the Stockholm city center just 5 kilometers away, a quick bus or taxi ride will take you to the heart of the action.
Address: Frösundaviks allé 15, Solna
Email: conference.royalpark@radissonblu.com
Phone: +46 8 624 55 00

Read more and book your room here: LINK!


Ticket includes coffe/tea.
Price: KR 400

Price: KR 1,295

“Thank you for creating this event. I am happy to contribute to the initiative and support CSS2019”
Price: KR 4,900

Complex System Science Gathering
Seminar 9:00-13:00, 8/12 CSS2019
kr 400
Complex System Science Gathering
Full-day ticket 9:00-17.30 incl julbord, seminar and workshop, 8/12 CSS2019
kr 1,295
Complex System Science Gathering
I support and book full-day ticket 9:00-17:30 incl julbord, seminar and workshop, 8/12 CSS2019
kr 4,900

Please send an email to: css@tgim.se
Project manager at TGIM: Annette Ericsdotter, +46 8 55 11 65 00

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