Steve Lansing

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Steve Lansing is an external professor at the Santa Fe Institute, a professor of anthropology at the University of Arizona, with a joint appointment in ecology and evolutionary biology, and a senior fellow at the Stockholm Resilience Centre. His recent research is centered around long-term dynamics of coupled social-ecological systems. One of his current projects explores emergent properties of Balinese water temple networks and he's currently assisting the Indonesian government to create a new UNESCO World Heritage site to help preserve the temple networks. Lansing is also conducting a comparative study of social structure, ecology, kinship, language change and the evolution of disease resistance in 69 villages on 14 Indonesian islands. Recent books include "Perfect Order: Recognizing Complexity in Bali," (2006) and "Priests & Programmers: Technologies of Power in the Engineered Landscape of Bali" (2007). Documentary films he's worked on include "The Goddess and the Computer" (1988), a segment of "The Sacred Balance" (2003), "Perfect Order" (2006), and "Voyagers on the Ring of Fire" (2011).
  • Speaker PopTech Iceland
  • Speaker PopTech 2012

Archived blog posts

Watch now: Steve Lansing on Bali’s efficient water temples

Steve Lansing, a senior fellow at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, discusses the Byzantine system for the distribution of water from a volcanic lake in Bali to over two hundred farming villages. It’s worked since the 12th century, it’s egalitarian and it’s still sustainable “It’s one of the few functioning, ancient democratic institutions that we know about. It’s kind of beautiful.”Read more »

New speakers added to PopTech Camden lineup!

New speakers added to PopTech Camden lineup!

PopTech is thrilled to announce a new round of speakers added to this year’s convening in Camden, Maine. New presenters include a civil rights leader and public health advocate, an epidemiologist who studies how traumatic events alter population health, and a former bank-thief-turned-neuroscientist who has shown how to project patients’ thoughts onto a screen in front of their eyes by implanting electrodes deep inside their brains.Read more »

PopTech Iceland: Day 1 recap

PopTech Iceland: Day 1 recap

Our first day of PopTech Iceland just concluded and what a day it was. We heard from the president of a country, a head of a foundation, an anthropologist, a crisis mapper, and a Retired Army Brigadier General. Presenters sought to define resilience through the lens of systems, communities, organizations, governments and individuals, presenting concrete examples and theoretical concepts about

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Toward Resilience: First round of speakers announced for PopTech Iceland!

Toward Resilience: First round of speakers announced for PopTech Iceland!

PopTech is heading to Iceland in just over a month! On June 27th, we will be kicking off our two-day conference in Reykjavik focused on the theme of resilience.  We’ll be exploring how and why some social, economic, business, technological and ecological systems are able to “bounce back” from shocks and disruption, while others are not. How do we build a more secure

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