Conflict and disaster management in a hyperconnected world – cooperative, collaborative, real time | acidlabs

Conflict and disaster management in a hyperconnected world — cooperative, collaborative, real time

by Stephen Collins, Acid Labs, May 19, 2011

Engage­ment with con­nected net­works of vol­un­teers out­side the offi­cial civil-​​military sec­tor has the poten­tial to see a mea­sur­able increase in sit­u­a­tional aware­ness dur­ing ongo­ing and emer­gent cri­sis sit­u­a­tions. These net­works, their cul­ture and the tools they use offer civil-​​military actors a set of oppor­tu­ni­ties to improve con­flict and dis­as­ter man­age­ment only rarely taken advan­tage of in cur­rent responses. In the 21st Cen­tury, active and ongo­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion in a diverse and con­nected net­work, the use of social tools and a famil­iar­ity with the cul­ture of shar­ing and open­ness that accom­pa­nies them should be no less core skills for mem­bers of the civil-​​military com­mu­nity than use of email or the web; dig­i­tal lit­er­acy, active dig­i­tal cit­i­zen­ship and involve­ment with rel­e­vant net­worked com­mu­ni­ties is a key com­pe­tency for knowl­edge work­ers and field oper­a­tives alike.

This paper was deliv­ered at the Regional Senior Lead­ers Sem­i­nar in Cairns, Aus­tralia on 19 May 2011. A ref­er­enced ver­sion suit­able for print­ing is available.

For full text of the article and copy of the report, visit Conflict and disaster management in a hyperconnected world – cooperative, collaborative, real time | acidlabs.

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