“Leadership in a Complex World: Taking on Diffused Responsibilities” 

+ Theme

The diffusion of responsibility is similar to the more commonly known bystander effect. The difference is that diffused responsibilities occur as a reaction to complex, societal issues faced by every society. Often, many members of society know about these issues but the solution always seems to be policy or regulation. Hence, a feeling of intimidation when faced with tough questions can lead to individuals passing on ownership over these issues to others.

+ Overseas Partner Universities

  • Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Seoul National University
  • Zhejiang University
  • Fudan University

+ Overseas Leg

The Summit Theme sets the broad agenda for both the overseas and Singapore legs in order to provide unity across the two parts of AUS. Each host university is encouraged to then develop their own Summits around a particular topic relating to the theme.

Overseas Host Universities:

  • Chulalongkorn University: “Sustainable Tourism”
  • Incheon National University: “Threats to the Marine Ecology”
  • Hindu College: “Building a world that cares: from apathy to responsibility”

+ Singapore Leg

In the Singapore Leg of AUS2018, we explored how community leaders could take on diffused responsibilities by creating inclusive spaces. The creation of inclusive spaces helps to create opportunities for positive interactions between different social groups. A well-designed inclusive space directly resolves diffused responsibilities by bringing previously excluded groups back into the broader community. It can also help communities locate their diffused responsibilities by focussing attention on, and amplifying the causes of excluded groups.

+ Deliverables

Participants were instructed to create an inclusive space to spark conversations about an issue where responsibilities are diffused.

Click here to take a look at the deliverables the AUS 2018 Participants have come up with.

+ Media

Click here to take a look at the pictures taken during AUS 2018!