As societies come to depend ever more on big and complex systems – such as world-spanning communications, finance, and production networks – the art and science of distributing political and physical risks become that much more important.
Sometimes we fall short. In recent years we have witnessed a terrifying new phenomenon––the crash of entire industrial and banking systems due to cut off of a single city, a single factory, or a single bank. Many different events may trigger such a crash. But all crashes share a single characteristic: too much capacity, hence too much risk, concentrated in one place.
The Project investigates the root causes and dynamics of this huge and growing danger; convenes engineers, business managers, policymakers, and security experts to identify solutions; and works with news media to deepen the public’s understanding of this threat. The aim is to promote the resilience of key systems by redistributing risk, power, and opportunity among more people.
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