Joe Brewer

Joe has three bachelors degrees in physics, mathematics, and interdisciplinary studies and a masters in atmospheric sciences. He is a complexity researcher, innovation strategist, experience designer, and serial social entrepreneur who brings a wealth of expertise to the adoption of sustainable solutions at the cultural scale. Among his notable achievements are the creation of an undergraduate degree program in Earth Systems, Environment and Society at the University of Illinois and design of new collaboration protocols for strategic communications among European NGO’s with WWF-UK and Oxfam, Great Britain. He was an active member of the Center for Complex Systems Research from 2001 to 2005, where he studied pattern formation in self-organizing systems. He was a research fellow at the Rockridge Institute in 2007-08 analyzing political discourse in the United States. He contracted with the International Centre for Earth Simulation in Geneva in 2010-11 to help build a globally-focused high performance computing facility dedicated to holistic simulations of the dynamic Earth. His experiences as a social entrepreneur and cross-disciplinary scholar weave together a combination of skills dedicated to open collaboration, interactive design, and empowered civic action for catalyzing change toward greater resilience in our turbulent world.

Recent Posts

March 6, 2017 in Culture

Can Cultural Evolution Help Integrate the Social Sciences?

If we combine evolution with embodiment and complexity, a coherent School of Social Sciences feels very much within reach.
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August 24, 2016 in Culture

 Introduction: A Series on How Cultural Change Happens

This View of Life is delighted to offer a new series of articles from different authors on all things cultural evolution.
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November 2, 2015 in Culture

Are Humans REALLY That Smart? A new book says it’s complicated.

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Contrary to popular opinion, humans really aren’t that smart. We are lousy at statistics, tend to overgeneralize about the causes…
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