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Dimple Roy, Sreeja Nair & Henry David Venema

In: Creating Adaptive Policies: A Guide for Policy-Making in an Uncertain World

Chapter 6: Enabling Self-Organization and Social Networking

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Enabling Self-Organization and Social Networking
Enabling self-organization and social networking
DimpleRoy, SreejaNair and Henry DavidVenema

What is self-organization and social networking? Ensuring that policies do not undermine existing social capital; creating forums that enable social networking; facilitating the sharing of good practices; and removing barriers to self-organization, all strengthen the ability of stakeholders to respond to unanticipated events in a variety of innovative ways.

Why is Enabling Self-Organization and Social Networking Important for Adaptive Policies?

The capacity of individuals and groups to self-organize around problems, stresses and crises has been well recorded in social and biological literature and keenly affects the ability of communities to adapt to changing circumstances. The relationship between social networks and resilience has also been highlighted in many contexts, including that of climate change impacts ...

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