Resilience through Communication, Organization, and Interconnectedness

To communicate is an essential human activity, and the freedom of speech an essential human right. Communication plays as a central role in the development and maintenance of social structures (from groups to organizations and whole societies). Communication shapes, and is shaped by, how people interpret and perceive the world. It affects, and is affected by, people’s interconnectedness, e.g., in networks or organized settings. However, how people communicate with each other, the organizations they form, and the interconnections they establish, is constantly changing and evolving. For example, new media technologies like the Internet or mobile phones disrupt existing communication and networking patterns, and the logic of organizations.

These new developments raise important questions about stabilizing or destabilizing effects – do they, for example, benefit or harm society or individual members? How do they relate to the “wellbeing” of individuals, employees, citizens – and society at large? Could they be used as opportunities to reach desirable societal outcomes, like creating a better understanding of the world or greater mutual trust? ISR topic 3 is dedicated to address these and other questions by illuminating the evolving landscape of communication and organization patterns, and understanding how they relate to a resilient society.

Contact: Tilo Hartmann.