What makes societies, cities, communities or businesses and their networks resilient? How human resilience is impacted by digital technologies and what potential roles new technologies can play in resilience planning? How could digital technologies and humans co-create socio-economic development and wellbeing that would lead humanity to sustainable future?

These are some of the big questions of the GenZ resilience theme. For us resilience refers to the capacity of a human system, such as an individual business, business sector, local community or wider society to absorb disturbance and reorganize their functionality while undergoing a change or even serious shocks. Obviously, these human systems are highly integrated to their material surroundings and global scale processes. In GenZ, we are specifically interested in how resilience is working with new evolving technologies and how these technologies could be utilized for human wellbeing, sustainable lifestyles and better environment. The theme focuses on how people, communities and societies can be made stronger and more resilient as they use and develop intelligent and digital technologies. We understand that the ongoing digitalization and the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution should not be seen as a technological and technology-driven change alone but a process and opportunity to build more resilient futures. This calls for analyzing different dimensions of resilience in order to develop better technology-based solutions for human-centered development.

Theme leaders: Emeritus Professor Rauli Svento and Professor Jarkko Saarinen