Embracing Chaos, the book

My new book Embracing Chaos is about digital disruption, sustainable communications and authentic leadership. It is about Europe and its struggle to become a real federation and reinforce its relations with the United States. Its determination to grow into a stronger geopolitical actor in an increasingly fragmented world.

One of the main things I have learned through the COVID-19 pandemic is that we are far more resilient than we think. It is incredible how people have kept their personal and work lives moving forwards by using innovative ways to stay socially connected. As a result, I believe that humanity will come out of this more agile and stronger.

The pandemic has reminded European and world citizens of many things they may have forgotten or taken for granted. We were reminded how linked EU economies are, how crucial a fully functioning European single market is for our prosperity, and how we do things. The return of a more multilateral minded US under Joe Biden presents a new opportunity to consolidate the unification of the European continent and pursue more autonomous strategies.

The current situation also entails the risk of widening social and economic differences around the world. Demand shifts and the capacity of the private sector to rebound will asymmetrically affect different countries. As a result, many sectors are expected to suffer, notably through reduced turnover and employment.

Seen through the eyes of a European communication scientist, Embracing Chaos explores contemporary and future challenges such as the corona pandemic, the rise of populism, fake news and the new cold war. In addition, it explores why we need more regulation for online platforms, digital anarchy, global warming, and the rise of illiberal democracies.

Embracing Chaos is about why our planet needs more empathy and compassion. Net, it explores the need to develop laws to protect voters from disinformation and propaganda such as those for consumers. Finally, it assesses why we should ask our politicians to take a political version of the Hippocratic Oath.

In my new work I explore challenges and opportunities for the next generations and try to answer questions such as: When the last pandemic crisis has run its course, will the result be the US and the EU decline? Will we see continued erosion of the world order and a revival of fascism? Will the rise of nationalism increase the possibility of international conflict? Or will liberal democracy once again prove its capacity for renewal?

The US had the misfortune to have the most incompetent and divisive president in its modern history when the crisis. On the other hand, Europe was enabled one more time to make decisions with unanimity.  The volume is a sensible and understandable call for genuine transparency in all forms of communication and sustainable leadership. It is also about why the European Union is the best solution to address the issues Europeans face. Finally, the book explores the possibility of closer cooperation between Europe and North America.

Embracing Chaos is intended for readers with diverse disciplinary backgrounds and from different corporate and organisational levels. It is also designed for graduates, college students, entrepreneurs, associations and individuals who want to acquire valuable insight into the most significant roles of leadership communication.

With more than 25 years of experience in the field of communications and with a background including positions such as communication officer at the European Commission and spokesperson to diplomatic missions in Brussels, I have learned to accept the pace of EU crises: They come and go like B-movies and with an excess of tension: the Brexit drama, the euro crisis, the migration crisis, the corona crisis. Do I forget anything? It never stops and I analyse them all in my new publication.

You can find the book on Amazon

About the Author

Stavros Papagianneas

Mr. Stavros Papagianneas

Senior communications leader with more than 25 years experience in PR and corporate and public communications. With a background including positions such as Communication Officer at the European Commission and Press Officer and Spokesperson to diplomatic missions in Brussels, he is currently the Managing Director of Brussel’s PR consultancy StP Communications and the founder of Steps4Europe (S4E). S4E is a non-profit association that aims to reinforce the European Public Sphere and promote EU values.

In 2017, 2018 & 2019, Stavros was named by the pan-European news platform Euractiv as one of the TOP 40 EU INFLUENCERS and, is a public speaker and blogger. Stavros has been a member of the Working Party on Information of the Council of the European Union.

He is the author of the books : Powerful Online Communication (2016); Rebranding Europe. Fundamentals for Leadership Communication (2017); Saving Your reputation in the Digital Age (2020); Embracing Chaos (2021) and, many articles in European media. Stavros is a graduate in Communication Sciences from the University of Brussels and has given lectures on Communicating Europe in universities across the EU.

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