During summer 2017 I co-organized a brainstorming workshop called "SHAPING OUR MAJOR TRANSITIONS" in the heart of Paris (July 28-30, 2017). The goal was to develop a research agenda around the ongoing digital societal transformations. Participants included computational social scientists, educators, and evolutionary theorists, especially experts in the theory of "The Major Transitions in Evolution". The workshop theme was inspired by research co-authored by UCD's Prof. Hilbert: "Information in the Biosphere: Biological and Digital Worlds" (Trends in Ecology & Evolution)
The workshop was hosted by the Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity (CRI), which is developing an open, collaborative research program to tackle the world’s challenges, focusing on bridging foundational research and societal impact: from tracing past major transitions to understanding and shaping current digital transition (https://cri-paris.org) . The Workshop brought together an eclectic mix of 20 eminent thinkers from the U.S., New Zealand and Europe, that discussed the current challenges posed by the current digital transition of society, and aim at charting the way forward.
More,here: https://cri-paris.org/research/shaping-our-major-transition/ + Some Background: