This is the very first book to distill the principles of complex adaptive systems and adaptive management into practical guidance for policymakers. It describes the concept of adaptive policymaking and presents seven tools for developing such policies. Based on hundreds of interviews with people impacted by policy and research of over a dozen policy case studies, this book serves as a pragmatic guide for policymakers by elaborating on these seven tools. It is an invaluable information resource for technical policymakers and politicians, as well as for those studying politics and international relations.
Chapter 6: Enabling Self-Organization and Social Networking
Enabling Self-Organization and Social Networking
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 ...