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From 1991 to 2000, he served as president of the w: World Academy of Art and Science.
- The key to the management of complexity was the division of labor. The benefits of modernization were available only to societies that educated most of their people to function as specialists in a division-of-labor economy. Thus there came to pass, late the the second millennium A.D., slaveless societies that responded to a technological imperative by giving citizenship to all their citizens. Thomas Jefferson foresaw this macrotrend as early as 1813. "An insurrection has ... begun," he wrote to John Adams, "of science, talents, and courage, against rank and birth, which have fallen into contempt." He was spending his postpresidential years building the University of Virginia and promoting education and scholarship from his Monticello home. (p. 3)