Nassim, along with his five colleagues in the Real World Risk Institute, offers a Qualitative Mini Certificate in Risk (real world risk, not risk management) for risk professionals and analysts interested in how what they know applies to the real word, professional risk takers (with some basic familiarity with technical language) willing to gain perspective and understand how to use the research without falling into model error, and other executives/decision makers… literally any risk taker with some technical understanding. The next intense one-week workshop will take place from June 6th to the 10th at the Princeton Club in New York City.
A new Quantitative Mini Certificate in Risk, “the only quantitative program embedded in the real world,” will be offered from August 15th to the 19th in Stony Brook, New York. This program is designed for professional quantitative risk takers and managers interested in depth and links to reality.
Along with a long list of global thought leaders, Nassim will be speaking at this year’s SALT Conference at the Bellagio in Las Vegas on the weekend of May 10-13th:
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Nassim kicks off The Bank of England’s One Bank Flagship Seminar, the first such seminar offered by the bank in an effort at greater transparency:
The first part of this talk – The Law of Large Numbers in the Real World – presents fat tails, defines them, and shows how the conventional statistics fail to operate in the real world, particularly with econometric variables, for two main reasons: 1) we need a lot, a lot more data for fat tails; and 2) we are going about estimators the wrong way. The second part – Detecting Fragility – presents heuristics to detect fragility in portfolios. Fragility is shown to be ‘anything that is harmed by volatility’. The good news is that while (tail) risk is not measurable, fragility is.
Discussing the concept of antifragility, Nassim remotely addresses the Theory of Constraints International Conference held in Capetown South Africa from September 6th to 9th, 2015. The theme of the conference was how to use the Theory of Constraints to transform organizations and people from fragile (harmed by volatility) to robust (not harmed by volatility) to antifragile (benefiting from volatility).