Data, Virus, Corporation: These are 21st century problems that find commonality in their enormous complexity. They involve a vast number of interconnected actors and variables and the behaviours these interdependencies give rise to are not necessarily linear and cannot be fully predicted ahead of time. Crucially, it is not possible to isolate one part of the puzzle – the health crisis, the economic crisis, market concentration, technological disruption, or individual rights – and analyse it while holding all else constant. And no single discipline or method can capture the full complexity of these problems. Recognising this reality gives rise to several questions. How should we as social scientists approach the analysis of complex 21st century problems? What sort of adaptive governance approaches might guide our attempts to intervene in different systems, including complex and chaotic ones? And what might we have to learn from other ways of thinking, like Indigenous knowledges and ways of knowing, about taking a more holistic and relational approach to these issues?
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