The Polycrisis: Behind The Buzzword


This article discusses the emergence of the word ‘polycrisis’ in 2023, noting its rise to prominence at the 53rd World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, and seeks to underscore the gravity behind it. Larchman provides a primer, in which she defines polycrisis, in part, as “a cluster of interconnected crises in which ‘the overall impact exceeds the sum of each part.’” The author then poses the question of how we navigate the polycrisis going forward and discusses concepts such as The Medici Effect and the doughnut economics model.


Clara Lachman

Publication Date

May 7, 2024


NATO Association of Canada



Resource Type

Blog Post

Systems Addressed

Economy • Geopolitics and International Security • Social Order and Governance

Uses the term polycrisis

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