David Korowicz

David Korowicz is a physicist and human systems ecologist working on large-scale and catastrophic risk. He is Director of Risk and Response at the Geneva Global Initiative (www.genevaglobaliniative.com) and has a personal practice at Korowicz Human Systems (www.korowiczhumansystems.com).


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We Need to Talk About Catastrophic Global Risk

Our species rarely anticipates and prepares for novel risks, nor should we expect this to happen now. We need to be able to move forward with preparedness efforts without relying upon wide society buy-in. Facing such challenges head on is an act of optimism.

March 4, 2020


Brexit: Systemic Risk and a Warning

But the reality of our lives, irrespective of wealth or position, is that we are thoroughly interdependent with each other, the socio-economic networks that bind us, and the planet and its living system that holds us all. When we tear at the fabric of our relationships, we undermine the welfare of all, and our capacities to face the dire challenges ahead.

September 26, 2019

Ignorance by consensus

How could such acknowledged experts, well resourced, stuffed with economists and consulted by governments, get things so wrong?

November 14, 2012

Trade Off: Financial system supply-chain cross contagion: a study in global systemic collapse

This new study explores the implications of a major financial crisis for the supply-chains that feed us, keep production running and maintain our critical infrastructure. It also provides a framework for looking at global complexity, vulnerability risk and collapse dynamics. A broad financial collapse is argued to be likely arisng from credit over-expansion and the emergent effects of peak oil and food. A scenario involving the collapse of the Eurozone to show that increasing socio-economic complexity could rapidly spread irretrievable supply-chain failure across the world.

June 18, 2012


Richard Douthwaite 1942-2011

Richard Douthwaite, economist, environmentalist, co-founder of Feasta and much-loved colleague and friend, died on Monday November 14th after a long illness. We will miss his unique and far-ranging intellect, the clarity of his thought and writing, his warmth and his laughter.

Funeral arrangements will be posted on the Feasta website.

November 15, 2011

On the cusp of collapse: Complexity, energy & the globalised economy

The systems on which we rely for our financial transactions, food, fuel and livelihoods are so inter-dependent that they are better regarded as facets of a single global system. Maintaining and operating this global system requires a lot of energy and, because the fixed costs of operating it are high, it is only cost-effective if it is run at near full capacity. As a result, if its throughput falls because less energy is available, it does not contract in a gentle, controllable manner. Instead it is subject to catastrophic collapse.

October 10, 2011

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