Upcoming Symposium

18th DocNet Symposium

Friday, 20 November 2020 @ WBZ Holzweid, St.Gallen

Thriving in Chaos – How to Master Adverse Situations

We live in a world of increasing globalization and digitalization, characterized by constant change and uncertainty. The recent pandemic has demonstrated just how fragile the global construct has become, inflicting chaos upon each and every one of us. How things will develop in the future is uncertain and at best ambiguous. One thing is for certain, however: it is not the first time we witness such chaos and it definitely will not be the last.

Naturally, not everyone deals with these situations in the same way. When chaos increases, it can affect our sleep, health, and overall well-being. For some people, these effects are so dominant that chaos is synonymous with negativity. But there are also many opportunities that come with the reformation of the status quo. Deepak Chopra once said: “All great changes are preceded by chaos.” Although in new and uncertain situations you probably feel fear and anxiety, it allows you to break out of your routine and achieve great and surprising things. We must first overcome our fear of chaos and then use it to find great ideas. In this way, leaving our comfort zones can lead to creative and unforeseen results. Therefore, the 18th DocNet Symposium will focus on the topic of thriving in such chaotic situations.

We divide the concept between inner and outer chaos. Outer chaos stands for chaotic situations that happen in our environment. These can be political movements, natural disasters or economic crises. Inner chaos describes our way of perceiving and reacting to outer chaos. Confronted by an information overload, we often find ourselves in a state of fear or anxiety as we process this information. The amygdala, a small part of our brain, constantly scans the environment for threats and uncertainties. It puts the brain into hyperalert situations. However, we need to normalize this hyperactivity of the brain if we want to think clearly and make decisions that are not based on fear or anxiety.

When we reach this state of relaxation, we can endure the chaos and ups and downs of life. This is not just a matter of dealing with the problem at hand, but of adequately addressing it and even using it to make the best of the given situation. Making order out of chaos is a learning process over time. With the right systems in place, we can not only persevere in moments of chaos, but thrive.

For inspiration in this regard, we want to consider different perspectives. What insights can we derive from current research? How do companies perceive and handle such situations? And which approaches have proven to be the most successful?

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