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).

The analysis in this series starts from the assumption that societies are organized around cohesive sets of worldviews, institutions, and technologies (WITs), where:

  • Worldviews are mental networks of concepts, beliefs, and values—often emotionally charged—that allow people to interpret things around them and plan their actions.
  • Institutions are a community’s rules governing social behavior, including formal rules (constitutions, laws, and contracts), informal rules (customs and norms), and mechanisms of enforcement.
  • Technologies are problem-solving tools that people create by harnessing phenomena of their physical and social environments.

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Evacuating communities during future COVID-19 waves

Pandemic Shock: Brief #4  •  Version 1.0  •   July 7, 2020

Author:

Scott Janzwood, Deputy Director of Research and Operations at the Cascade Institute

Active transportation with micro electric vehicles: Emergency COVID-19 responses and the disrupted future of oil

Pandemic Shock: Brief #3  •  Version 1.0  •   June 30, 2020

Author:

Yonatan Strauch, Doctoral Researcher at the Cascade Institute

From COVID-19 to a more resilient future: Three interlinked transitions

Pandemic Shock: Brief #2  •  Version 1.0  •   June 20, 2020

Author:
Michael Lawrence, Postdoctoral Researcher at the Cascade Institute

Lessons from the physical distancing norm cascade

Pandemic Shock: Brief #1  •  Version 1.0  •   June 20, 2020

Author:
Scott Janzwood, Deputy Director of Research and Operations at the Cascade Institute