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  • When Networks fall apart – Managing Cohesion in a World under Stress 14/5/2013

    titles the 3rd Viennese Talks on Resilience Research & Networks on June 21st 2013 in Vienna. Save the Date!

     

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    Date: Friday, June 21st 2013, 9 am – 5 pm
    Place: House of Industry, Urban Saal, Schwarzenbergplatz 4, 1031 Vienna

    Language: English

    Participation is free, but subject to registration: office@fas.at

    Organizing Committee:
    Brian Fath, Towson University & IIASA
    Harald Katzmair, FASresearch
    Klemens Riegler, Ecosocial Forum

     

    3rd Viennese Talks on Resilience Research & Networks
    When Networks fall apart – Managing Cohesion in a World under Stress

    Program June 21st 2013

    08:45 Registration

    09:15 WELCOME NOTES
    Harald Katzmair, FASresearch (AUT)
    Klemens Riegler, Ecosocial Forum (AUT)
    Brian Fath – IIASA (AUT) and Towson University (USA)

    09:30 KEYNOTE LECTURE
    Claudia Pahl-Wostl – Professor for Resources Management, University of Osnabrück (GER)

    10:15 COHESION IN NATURE
    Chair: Harald Katzmair, FASresearch (AUT)
    Brian Fath, IIASA (AUT) and Towson University (USA)
    Felix Müller, University of Kiel, (GER)
    Simone Bastianoni, University of Siena (ITA)

    12:00 Lunch break

    13:00 POLICY MAKING & GOVERNANCE AND REGIONAL COHESION
    Chair: Michaela Hickersberger, Ecosocial Forum (AUT)
    Reinhard Mechler, IIASA (AUT)
    Werner Wutscher, Ecosocial Forum (AUT)
    Ika Darnhofer, University of Vienna (AUT)

    14:45 Coffee break

    15:15 COHESION IN BUSINESS AND SOCIAL INNOVATION
    Chair: Brian Fath, IIASA and Towson University
    Harald Katzmair, FASresearch (AUT)
    Balázs Vedres, Central University Europe, (HUN)
    Neal Gorenflo, Shareable.net (USA)

    16:45 COHESIONING Round Table
    Moderated by Klemens Riegler, Ecosocial Forum (AUT)
    Claudia Pahl-Wostl, Brian Fath, Harald Katzmair, Werner Wutscher, Fred Luks

    Output: Elements for a “Viennese Statement” as product of the workshop

    17:15 End of day

     

    3rd Viennese Talks on Resilience Research & Networks
    When Networks fall apart – Managing Cohesion in a World under Stress

    Date: Friday, June 21st 2013, 09.00am – 05.00pm
    Place: House of Industry, Urban Saal, Schwarzenbergplatz 4, 1031 Vienna

    Increased global economic competition and selective pressure, obvious rising interdependence and non-linear complexity of socio-ecological systems, the almost explosive acceleration of communication and information stimuli have noticeably increased stress in our world. Stress might be caused either by a shortage or excess of resource and information intake or simply by sudden changes in the environment that threatens the biological-social integrity of an agent. In both cases agents react alike: short term increase in pulsing and speed, loss of peripheral and longitudinal sight; depletion of reserves, reduction of clustering (network density); disinvestment in structural resource cycles, and increased number of zero sum games due to lack of perceived common future. The effects of long term stress in socio-ecological networks is loss of integrity, diversity and cohesion (less organized complexity) with a diminished ability to adapt to stress or generally change behavior (lock in) which eventually might lead to collapse and regime shift.

    The outcome of stress can be found everywhere: isolation, fragmentation, over-specialization, loss of diversity, tribalization and lack of common vision are the result of a world where agents try to cope with the “aggression” of excess or shortage of resources or information and fight for maintaining their integrity as individuals. The capacity to innovate, to adapt, and to cope with change is significantly diminished.

    To understand the driving factors of networks capable to manage stress and to cope with disturbances and surprise is linked with one core question: What is it that holds socio-ecological networks together and keeping them from falling apart?

    The workshop brings together scientists, activists, and entrepreneurs from the field of systems ecology, network theory, resilience theory, urban ecology, social dynamics, etc. to discuss the role of ecological and social cohesion within the broader framework of resilience theory. The focus will be on the one hand on new insights and findings in the context of the adaptive cycle model, scaling laws, and structural fold theory. On the other hand, input will be provided from entrepreneurs and activists how to manage network cohesion in practice ranging from new technologies of sharing to new balanced score cards to manage transversal cross-scale links in organizations.

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