T. Irene Sanders, Executive Director and Founder

T. Irene SandersMs. Sanders, executive director and founder of the Washington Center for Complexity & Public Policy is the author of Strategic Thinking and the New Science: Planning in the Midst of Chaos, Complexity and Change (Free Press, 1998), which had been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese and Vietnamese. With this book, she pioneered the application of chaos theory and complexity science to strategic thinking—the most essential skill in today’s fast-paced, interconnected and rapidly changing world. She created the FutureScape® visual thinking tool now being used to enhance strategic thinking/planning and scenario-building exercises in organizations of all types. She is a powerful and engaging speaker, educator and facilitator, who helps individuals and organizations see, understand and influence the dynamics of the real world context in which their decisions are being made.

She developed and directed an executive education program on the applications of complexity science to business for the Colorado Center for Chaos and Complexity at the University of Colorado. As Visiting Professor in the Doctor of Management program at the CTU Institute for Advanced Studies, she taught online courses on creative, critical and strategic thinking. She has also developed and presented educational programs for the CIA, the University of Lecce (Italy) and the Smithsonian Institution.

Earlier in her career Ms. Sanders originated and hosted a series for public television, and served as legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Sam Nunn. In addition to her work with major corporations, she has worked with a number of committees and individual members of the U.S. Congress, agencies of the U.S. intelligence community, the U.S. Armed Forces and with two cabinet secretaries. She is a graduate of Duke University and the Medical College of Georgia (now, Georgia Regents University), and she completed a fellowship in Leadership and Organizational Change at Johns Hopkins University. She served as a founding member of the Editorial Board for the International Journal of Complexity in Leadership and Management and was a founding member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Complex Systems.

Among the organizations that have invited her to speak are:

  • National Security Coordination Secretariat, Singapore
  • Confederation of Finnish Industries, Helsinki
  • Inc. 500 Conference
  • Hewlett-Packard Company
  • Ingersoll Rand Company
  • Walt Disney World Resorts
  • Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide
  • Rockefeller Foundation
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Central Intelligence Agency (multiple)
  • CIA/Harvard Conference on Intelligence Reform
  • NYPD Counterterrorism Bureau
  • Office of the Director of National Intelligence
  • Applied Physics Lab, Johns Hopkins University
  • Defense Logistics Agency
  • Defense Intelligence Agency
  • U.S. Special Operations Command, Pacific
  • U.S. Army War College
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Her work has been featured in a wide-range of publications including: Art Education, The Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, Continental, Management Review, Foresight, The InnerEdge, The Rocky Mountain News, and Urban Land. And in collaboration with her colleagues from the World Economic Forum, she co-authored Perspectives on a Hyperconnected World: Insights from the Science of Complexity. Read Irene's interview about the applications of complexity to legal practice at the following syndicated blog for lawyers, Idealawg, written by Stephanie West Allen, JD http://westallen.typepad.com/idealawg/2006/12/interview_of_ir.html. Click here for a complete list of her publications.

Scientific Advisory Board

Michael C. Grant, PhD

(PhD, Botany, Duke University, 1974)

Dr. Grant served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education and Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) at the University of Colorado at Boulder. In addition to his administrative duties he was an active research scientist with consistent national funding for nearly three decades and more than four dozen refereed publications covering a wide-range of topics including acid rain research, ecological and population genetics, evolutionary theory, nonlinear dynamics and cellular automata modeling.

Through the Faculty Teaching Excellence Program he was actively involved in improving the quality of classroom teaching and science education, and has served as scientific consultant to a wide-range of public and private-sector organizations. He has won numerous teaching awards, is a much-requested speaker for both scientific and nonscientific audiences and is a U.S. Air Force Vietnam Era Veteran.

Andrew Ilachinski, PhD

(PhD, Theoretical Physics, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1988)

Dr. Ilachinski, senior research analyst and project director at the Center for Naval Analysis, is a pioneer in the applications of complexity science and agent-based modeling to military thinking and twenty-first century battlefield scenarios. He pioneered the development and application of a multi-agent-based model (EINSTein) to the study of emergent properties of land combat as a complex adaptive system. It is currently being used by over three hundred academic, commercial and military operations researchers worldwide.

He is the author of numerous articles and monographs as well as two books, both published by World Scientific Publishing Company: Artificial War: Multiagent-based Simulation of Combat (2004); and, Cellular Automata: A Discrete Universe (2001). In the forward to his most recent book, U.S. Marine Corps General Paul K. Van Riper (retired) says, "When histories of this era are written Dr. Andrew Ilachinski is likely to emerge as the 'Father of Military Complexity Research'.Those in positions with responsibility for planning and conducting the Nation’s defense today and into the foreseeable future ignore this book at great peril for it offers deep and meaningful insights into war on land."

Dr. Ilachinski is also an accomplished photographer and you can see samples of his work here: http://tao-of-digital-photography.blogspot.com/

Judith A. McCabe, PhD

(PhD, Cultural Anthropology, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 1995)

Dr. McCabe is a Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has worked as a health and social sciences research consultant to public, private non-profit and academic institutions for over twenty years. Her areas of expertise include ethnographic and qualitative research; group and institutional cultures; organizational capacity building and change; non-profit management; fundraising and grant-writing; program evaluation; community analysis and planning; and policy research and development.

Board of Advisors

Randolph G. Flood

Randolph G. Flood is currently the Co-Founding Board Member of the Green Jobs Alliance; a national nonprofit partnership of Labor and management; educational institutions and workforce investment boards; veterans’ groups and environmental organizations; community-based organizations and local governments that form the workforce training infrastructure to provide education, training and green jobs placement to American workers.

The founder of Randolph G. Flood & Associates, a Washington, DC-now Williamsburg- based government relations firm which has specialized in defense and maritime issues from 1983 to 2000, the firm now focuses on energy and environmental policy, legislation, and regulations.

Mr. Flood served on the professional staff of the United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, chaired by Senator Jennings Randolph (D) of West Virginia; and later as a legislative advisor to Senator Harry F. Byrd, Jr. (I) of Virginia.

A well-known Virginia political analyst with a keen insight into national affairs, Mr. Flood was the founder, first chairman and president of the Virginia Chapter of the Democratic Leadership Council (1992-1995), which began as a state affiliate of the then "New Democrat" think tank for the Clinton-Gore Administration.

A graduate of Shepherd College, he was a founder of the New Economy Gateway Council in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia; an organization established to promote technology and economic development

A.J. Andreas Ringl, Ph.D.

Dr. Ringl recently completed an instructional tour at the Special Warfare Education Group, Special Warfare Center and School, Fort Bragg, NC, where he taught an enhanced version of the PMESII-PT analysis system to deploying SOF soldiers. New to the analytics package were introductions to chaos theory and complex systems, the application of knowledge management and decision sciences to PMESII-PT analysis, and the consideration of religion as a special analytical factor in cultural assessments. The interoperability of influence belonging to the various analysis nodes was an additional emphasis, designed to elucidate both visible and hidden regional dynamics.

Dr. Ringl is retired from the military, having served with both the U.S.M.C. as a reconnaissance marine and with the U.S. Army as a Special Forces soldier. He holds two masters degrees, one in International Relations and the other in Business and Organizational Security Management. Dr. Ringl was conferred his PhD in Applied Management and Decision Sciences, with a concentration in Knowledge Management, from Walden University in May of 2013.

His areas of interest and research include Interoperability Management Theory, interculture, cultural security, comparative transfer analyses (of human exchange dynamics), the quantum leadership domain, the hierarchy of knowledge, the problems and advantages of locality, the Enterprise Security Kernel, and the sustainability of cultures, among others. Dr. Ringl is dedicated to the analysis, development, and propagation of knowledge, seeking functional solutions within the complexity of culture and being.