INTER-SYSTEMIC CASCADES PROJECT

About the ISC Project

The Cascade Institute’s Inter-Systemic Cascades Project maps causal routes through which the COVID-19 pandemic could sequentially destabilize associated national and global systems, causing cascades of change. This series of Briefs focuses on the pandemic’s implications for the eight key systems highlighted around the adjacent octagon, and each Brief maps a possible causal route of destabilization among these systems.  Cascades may be either "pernicious" (socially harmful) or “virtuous” (socially beneficial).

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ISC Project Briefs

Behind the mask: Anti-mask and pro-mask attitudes in North America

Scott Janzwood & Michelle Lee
September 15, 2020 • This Brief reviews the emerging scientific evidence on the effectiveness of masks for preventing the spread of COVID-19 and offers strategies for addressing persistent anti-scientific beliefs around masks, COVID-19 and other issues.
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Shocking global inequality

Michael Lawrence
August 25, 2020 • This Brief examines how the COVID-19 pandemic is interacting with entrenched structural inequalities between the wealthiest and the most marginalized segments of humanity.
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Evacuating communities affected by disasters during future COVID-19 waves

Scott Janzwood
July 7, 2020 • This Brief investigates the challenges of evacuating communities from natural disasters during possible future “waves” of COVID-19 cases.
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Active transportation with micro electric vehicles: Emergency COVID-19 responses and the disrupted future of oil

Yonatan Strauch
June 30, 2020 • This Brief reports on the dramatic changes to urban transportation systems in the United States and Canada during the pandemic.
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From COVID-19 to a more resilient future: Three interlinked transitions

Michael Lawrence
June 20, 2020 • This Brief uses insights from complexity science to argue that—in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic—Canada must pursue three interlinked transitions if it is to reach a more equitable and resilient future.
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Lessons from the physical distancing norm cascade

Scott Janzwood
June 20, 2020 • This Brief examines the rapid and widespread shift in attitudes and beliefs around physical distancing during the “first wave” of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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