The X-Center Network

Welcome to the World of Surprises

Uncertainty & Extreme Events are Increasing

Global Financial System

Climate Change

Natural Disasters

Military Unrest and Nuclear Threats

Fast Acceleration of Bad News in Social Media

Decision Makers Challenge

Decisions still have to be made in times of complexity and increased uncertainty

Uncertainty is increasing, but decisions have to be made daily

Strategy Now

Try to collect more information, invest in anticipation systems

Optimal Strategy in today’s times of new X-Events

When there is no historical data …
Accept uncertainty and invest in resilience

How to best utilize your resources?
How do you navigate thru the turmoil?

Build Resilience to Weather Uncertain Times

Our research, tools and methodologies
can help you make those difficult
decisions, determine new paths and build
resilience to weather uncertain times ahead.

GOALS of The X-Center Network

To provide world quality research, knowledge and methods to induce sense making
and behavior change among decision makers and to build a Theory of Surprise.

Multi disciplinary researchers & practitioners (mathematicians, environmental systems scientists, economists, business
operations researchers, psychologists, sociologists) from Austria, Finland, Germany, UK, Japan, Korea and US have
joined forces to build tools for decision makers and to research uncertainties and their impact on human systems.

Four Areas of Operation

Key Research Themes

- “Theory of surprise”
- Complexity gap management
- Extreme events
- Uncertainty
- Resilience indexes
- Social mood

Tools & Methods

- Unique methods, tools &
IPR resulting from the research

Service & Product Offerings

- Decision making tools for uncertainty

Customer Engagements

- Joint research projects with partners & customers
- Commercial projects
- Grants

Theoretical and Applied Research Themes

Urban Resilience

- In process: Tokyo, Helsinki,
  Adelaide, Seoul,
  Singapore, Hamburg

Resilient Business Models

- High-tech firms neo business
   models systems resilience
- Metal industry business models
- Customer driven business models

Measurement

- How to measure the resilience level and compare
  different organizations/countries/cities
- How to measure impact of resilience improvement:
   Case study in Finland

Scaling of Resilience

- Global value networks, Countries, States, Regions,
   Sectors, Companies, & High net worth individuals
- How does this apply in emerging and poor countries
- Resilience indexes

Vienna

Helsinki

Hoboken

Tokyo

Silicon Valley

Seoul

Prague

What is X-Center Network?

What:

The X-Center Network is a global community of multi disciplinary researchers & practitioners (mathematicians, environmental systems scientists, economists, business operations researchers, psychologists, professors, sociologists) from Austria, Finland, Germany, UK, Japan, Korea, France, Singapore and the US who have joined forces to build tools for decision makers and to research uncertainties, complexities and extreme events and their impact on human systems. The current key research themes are:

  • Extreme events
  • Uncertainty
  • Complexity gap management
  • Resilience indexes
  •  Social Mood
  • Development of the  “Theory of Surprise”
  • Resilient business models

 

The approaches and status of these research themes will be outlined below in the descriptions for each of the X-Centers in the network.

When/Where: 

The X-Center Network was formed in May of  2012 in California USA to bring together a global community from many different fields. Current members of the X-Center Network are:

 

X-Center Vienna, X-Center Helsinki, X-Center Japan (FoXc-J), X-Center USA, Steven’s Institute of Technology, Center for Complex Systems & Enterprises.

 

Discussion are in process with Singapore, Ministry of Development and Seoul Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI)

Why:

Uncertainty is increasing, but decisions have to be made daily. Increasing complexity and the greater rate of change in the global economic system is creating a challenging planning environment dominated by uncertainty. The systemic nature of the global environment is so complex that it is unrealistic to assume we will have sufficient information to reduce uncertainty. Traditional planning methods are not powerful enough for this environment. The X-Center Network’s goal is to provide  research, knowledge, tools and methodologies to help decision makers make those difficult decisions, determine new paths and build resilience to weather uncertain times ahead.

How:

The X-Center Network provides the following to its members:

Membership in an international network of extreme event research centers and scholars
Presently, there are X-Centers established in Austria, Finland, Japan, South Korea, and the United States, with discussions underway in Germany and Singapore for new X-Centers in these countries.  This gives every member Center immediate contacts for joint projects in these geographic regions.

 

Access to information on X-events
Each X-Center may participate in the annual X-Center global symposium, receive the X-Network newsletter, gain access to the X-Network library of materials on extreme events, and be represented and post on the X-Network web site.

 

Collaboration with other X-event scholars
One of the principal aims of the X-Network is to keep close track of the various projects each X-Center is engaged in and circulate this information on a regular basis to all members of the X-Network. This also includes identifying specific researchers in each project, so that contact among X-Centers can be amplified. In this manner, scholars in one X-Center can identify investigators in other X-Center with whom they can initiate appropriate collaboration efforts. In short, The X-Network serves as a kind of “switchboard” to connect researchers around the world who should know each other–but don’t.