“Social and psychological Changes in the ICT society – About Visions and Wisdom”
By Gunilla Bradley, Professor Emerita, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) Stockholm
What is Quality of Life in the ICT society? Important contributing and hindering factors. Convergence and acceleration are main processes at the interplay between technology, societal structure, organizational design, and human roles in the society. Risks and opportunities in the 21st Century ICT society. What is the Good ICT society? Where are the “energy centers” that can activate and create changes towards “The Good Information Community” and “The Good Information Society”? How can wisdom be extracted – wisdom on various levels of analysis? Actions towards a good and sustainable society? Who are strategic stakeholders – active, passive, silent?
Convergence Theory, ICT, Quality of Life, Human Beings, Identity, Stress, Power, Wisdom, Actions
TED-talk on YouTube http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/Understanding-the-Change-of-Hab
(Bradley, G. 2015)
Gunilla Bradley (GB) is Professor Emerita in Informatics at Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) – School of ICT in Stockholm. GB is originally a psychologist and has a broad background in the social and behavioral sciences. Her research concerns the interplay between Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Human Beings, and Society – Social Informatics. Her cross disciplinary research groups were first hosted by Stockholm University for twenty years. She has then been a visiting professor at Stanford University two years and professor of Technology and Social Change at the Royal Institute of Technology. 1997 – 2001 she served as professor in Informatics at Umeå University and Mid Sweden University. In 1997 GB received the prestigious Namur Award from IFIP for her pioneering research to increase the social awareness of the impact of ICT. GB has authored thirteen books and contributed extensively in international scientific journals and the popular science press. Her latest book Social and Community Informatics – Humans on the Net (Routledge 2006) is widely used in both ICT related disciplines and in the social sciences. In 2008 GB was invited as guest professor in Salzburg. She initiated and chaired the annual IADIS conference on “ICT, Society and Humans” for some years. In 2010 she was honored by a “Fest Symposium” at Linnaeus University in Sweden and a “Festschrift” (Eds. Haftor & Mirijamdotter, 2011). More than 60 distinguished researchers from all continents of the world contributed with chapters. Currently writing on the book “Digital Wisdom” (prel title).