Theme: The Butterfly Effect

When Ray Bradbury published “A Sound of Thunder” in 1952 — nearly a decade prior to the coinage of The Butterfly Effect by Edward Lorenz — he bestowed upon his readers an introspective epiphany of the interrelation of our world. As we watched the protagonist Eckels step out of a Time Machine into an altered reality and overheard his antagonizing cries over how this changed world was caused by a simple misstep that killed a butterfly, we found ourselves pondering the paradoxical magnitude of our purportedly insignificant actions.

At the most fundamental of levels, The Butterfly Effect postulates that a small event may become the catalyst to a non-linear cascade on a complex system.

In the case of human rights, many have argued that the ratification of legislation as a mean of window- dressing has set a negative historical precedent and impeded change of substance. Likewise, the world has witnessed how dissent and grass-roots advocacy of individual citizens have factored into national and international policy, or how the accumulation of inaction and nearsightedness have posed as detrimental of a threat to our existence as have our deteriorating climate.

This November, we sincerely hope that you join us as we seek to explore the nuances of The Butterfly Effect and how it plays into the complexities of our systems and institutions. It is our mandate to not just foster delegates, debaters and states acting in the spur of the moment, but to visualize ourselves in the dynamic patterns of the world that our butterfly flutters in.

Welcome to SHASMUN IX: The Butterfly Effect.