Stock market crashes and the meltdown of governments as during the Arab spring are striking examples of unexpected sudden change in society. On a more subtle scale, the dynamics of public attitudes to certain problems is characterized by incidental massive shifts. Obviously, understanding such dynamics is important from may perspectives, and it would be worth a lot if we could detect when societies are approaching the brink of such a turn-over.
We work with social scientists at understanding the feedbacks that may cause tipping-points in social systems. Moreover, we aim to find indicators of reduced resilience from the analysis of social media data and other available resources.