Branches connect with other branches in their National Society and in other National Societies to:
• learn from one another,
• solve problems,
• create new ideas,
• work together to achieve humanitarian goals,
• access new resources.
Encouraging, and nurturing formal and informal connections is important to the success of a branch. Encouraging self-organisation, and direct peer to peer engagement locally, nationally and internationally, enables creativity, innovation and adaptability.
Branches that are digitally connected can better access the knowledge, communities, capabilities and resource opportunities that are available online.
However, not all connections are positive. Increasing dependence on technology brings new risks, including cyber and digital threats that need to be addressed. It is important that branches take digital security seriously.