Publication date (electronic): 31 March 2017
The science of complexity within the art of communication
Chris Hamstra currently serves as an Associate Professor at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. After serving as a radio disc jockey and sports broadcaster he moved into the world of higher education as a faculty member. Chris has earned degrees from Western Michigan University (MA-Organizational Communication) and Regent University (PhD-Organizational Leadership).
The art of communication and the science of complexity are intriguing areas of thought and practice that can be examined through storytelling. In an increasingly complex world with many voices, a deeper understanding of complexity communication provides opportunities for researchers and practitioners. This paper discussion centers on Complexity Communication, and the Complex Responsive Processes within the storytelling environment. Complexity theory explores how independent agents interact with each other. Complexity is different from chaos and emerges through a process of human interaction, which is best seen through the art of storytelling. This article explores storytelling and the social construction and discursive elements within the process of human interaction. This discussion advances the call from Hoffman (2008) to embrace the ideas within complexity communication.
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