Project

Mixed-Mode Systems in Disaster Response

Pure networks and pure hierarchies both have distinct strengths and weaknesses. These become glaringly apparent during disaster response. By combining these modes, their strengths (predictability, accountability, appropriateness, adaptability) can be optimized, and their weaknesses (fragility, inadequate resources) can be compensated for. Bridging these two worlds is not merely a technical challenge, but also a social issue.

Pure networks and pure hierarchies both have distinct strengths and weaknesses. These become glaringly apparent during disaster response. By combining these modes, their strengths (predictability, accountability, appropriateness, adaptability) can be optimized, and their weaknesses (fragility, inadequate resources) can be compensated for. Bridging these two worlds is not merely a technical challenge, but also a social issue.