Day 2 – Thursday 31st August
Robin Cox, Cheryl Heykoop, Sarah Fletcher and Tamara Plush.
The ResilienceByDesign Research Innovation lab (RbD) from Royal Roads University, Canada, invites you to join us in this creative workshop designed to introduce and practice the resilience innovation process – a process that combines the creative problem solving power of design thinking with the compelling and powerful tools of visual storytelling as a practical and powerful method for inspiring and supporting social action and transformation.
The RbD process combines a six-step, iterative and non-orthogonal design-thinking framework for exploring and addressing complex problems and issues through collective and collaborative innovation and action. Innovating for the sake of innovation carries an empty promise of social change, however by combining design thinking with visual storytelling, the RbD process provides a strategy for deepening our understanding of and connection to issues and each other. Visual storytelling processes spark personal and collective resonance and underscore the political as personal and the personal as political. In this way, RbD’s resilience innovation process joins head with heart, offering an opportunity for personal and political transformation in the process of innovating.
Join the experienced facilitators and educators from the ResilienceByDesign Research Innovation team (RbD) as they lead this hands-on workshop designed to introduce the Resilience Innovation process and work with simple but powerful visual storytelling activities. Together we will explore strategies for helping people tap into their stories and use images to inspire conversations that matter. Whether you want to mobilize change, support empowerment or build community, this workshop offers a powerful 21st Century strategy for sparking individual and collaborative engagement, connection, and transformation.
2.2 Practical approaches to shifting mind-sets for climate change adaptation - enabling transformation thinking in practice?
Anne Marte Bergseng, Anna Beswick and Joseph Hagg
The Adaptation Scotland programme has been providing a climate change adaptation support service since 2004. We use an iterative learning approach to develop our tools, which are co-created with practitioners who we are actively supporting to advance their work on adaptation.
In this session we want to challenge delegates to examine our emergent methodologies and explore ways that we could better bring out transformative thinking in our work. It will focus on two of our resources:
- Climate Ready Places – What does a climate ready Scotland look like? This is a resource that gets people thinking about climate change adaptation. We used a live illustration technique to work with a group of stakeholders to imagine six typically ‘Scottish places’ – creating both unadapted and adapting versions.
- Climate Ready Visions – The creation of climate ready visions has been a fundamental component of adaptation planning at sub national level in Scotland. The visions include a description of ‘the challenge’ and a series of themed vision statements for the 2020s and 2050s.
The session will include:
- Brief presentations on the resources
- Hands-on use of the tools to enable delegates to experience how we use them in workshop situations.
- Challenge conversations – we will host explorative dialogues with participants to consider how transformation is included in our approaches, and how it could be enhanced.
- Practical recommendations – we will conclude the session by distilling a small set of recommendations and key learnings that can be shared and put into action.
Catherine Preston and David Ogilvie
The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency’s (SEPA) new regulatory strategy One Planet Prosperity (OPP) recognises the challenge all nations face of reducing the over-use of the planet’s natural resources. SEPA is gearing up to help Scotland be one of the first places in the world to successfully tackle this challenge. A key part of OPP is sector planning, which helps to develop and implement practical transformative actions for a sector that create environmental success in ways that also create social and economic success. In this transformative practice session participants will try out the sector planning approach focusing on challenges and opportunities for the oil and gas decommissioning sector based on the following scenario. Over the next ten years on the UK continental shelf, around 95 platforms and over 7,000km of pipelines are planned for decommissioning, along with the plugging of approximately 1,500 wells. Over 600,000 tonnes of materials could potentially be brought ashore in the UK over that period. Participants will: (1) explore social, economic and environmental success for the oil and gas decommissioning scenario; (2) apply a sector road map to identify two or three of the most promising transformative “beyond compliance” opportunities to achieve success; (3) apply a regulatory influence map to identify the priority influences and “levers” to press to help take advantage of these opportunities and deliver transformative actions. The session will be facilitated by Catherine Preston (SEPA Head of Innovation) and David Ogilvie (SEPA Sector Manager) along with a key representative from the oil and gas sector.
Sandra Waddock and Petra Kuenkel
This practice session raises the issue of what it means to generate life-giving and life-enhancing properties, in the context of the type of desirable large system change envisioned by The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs focus on intractable issues like complete eradication of poverty and hunger, wellbeing for all, and reduced inequality, among other challenging goals. Wicked problems can be seen as dysfunctional patterns of human interaction that might be corrected by applying principles that give rise to more functional patterns of interaction.
The key is to find a way to fit the multiple actors, levels, initiatives, and other pieces of the change puzzle collaboratively together in a desired direction, so that they bring vitality and functionality to existing systems, rather than dysfunctionality.
To bring ‘life’ to the idea of large system change (LSC), there are six defined principles that affirm and enhance the life-giving properties of systems. These principles help to look at the transformation designs in a different way as the question ‘what gives life?’ is projected into the center of attention.
The SDG implementation needs to propose the following key questions: what would help such initiatives ‘come alive’ individually, but also as a global meshwork of networks of people driving the transformation envisioned? What are the principles behind life-affirming evolutionary transformations?
Laura Pereira, Tanja Hichert, Maike Hamann, Tanja Hichert.
In the Anthropocene, humanity faces new challenges, such as an increasing disconnect between people and nature, widening inequalities, and potential planetary tipping points. At the same time, technological progress and human development are opening up exciting opportunities for addressing these challenges. The ‘Seeds of Good Anthropocenes’ initiative aims to solicit, explore, and develop a suite of alternative visions for ‘Good Anthropocenes’ – positive futures that are socially and ecologically desirable, just, and sustainable. Through this collaborative initiative we aim to counterbalance prevailing dystopic visions that may be inhibiting our collective ability to transform onto a positive trajectory for the Earth and humanity.
We have tested a variety of interesting ‘Futures’ facilitation methods to challenge our assumptions and enable our creativity for developing a set of radical, positive visions for the future of southern Africa. During a workshop that was held in Cape Town, South Africa, we employed a version of the Mānoa method to generate such visions of Good Anthropocenes. This method is designed to maximise differences between the present and future, and provides us with more radical visions of the Anthropocene than conventional methods.
In this transformative practice session, we guide participants through a rapid-fire version of the Mānoa method to experience first-hand the creative and transformative potential of this visioning approach. Participants will leave with a new and exciting facilitation tool that can help create transformative spaces in their own contexts, as well as a deeper understanding of the importance of positive future visions to enable systemic transformations.
Pippa Buchanan and Ruth Stevenson
Learn how developing and exploring future scenarios can become an ongoing and creative part of your transformative practice. Are your sustainability solutions confined to a single vision of the future? Is this your vision of the future or someone else’s? How certain is this future? How can we adapt to what the future holds?
This futures scenario workshop will develop some provocative responses to these questions. The uncertainties of the future are difficult to pin down, but we should not ignore them because of this. We will ask you to imaginatively embrace uncertainty and take part in the creation of diverse futures; analysing the stories of these future worlds and what they will call for in terms of environmental and social sustainability.
Underpinning this workshop is the belief that becoming futures literate is both a practice required for social and ecological transformation, but also a practice that demonstrates transformation. Futuring is a practice that supports flexibility in how we approach the emerging future, increased transdisciplinary communication and cooperation and an increased understanding of others’ world views: importantly, it can also help us to recognise that the present is experienced as a plurality of different worlds and that whatever future emerges, it will be experienced by different people in different ways. This multiplicity is seen as a positive element rather than something to hinder decision making. In uncovering and embracing the diversity of future scenarios it allows practitioners to be creative in designing approaches to sustainable transformation.
Flurina Schneider, Sandra van der Hel, Johanna Ferretti and Andreas Kläy
How can science truly support sustainability transformations? While this question is increasingly debated in specialised fields of science, it has hardly found its way into the broader scientific community. However, finding common ground on this question is indispensable if we are to initiate necessary institutional transformations within our science systems and enable the kind of research and education that can advance sustainability. In particular, it is crucial to reflect on the way science can and should engage with the normative dimensions of transformations to sustainability. Against this background, the present session’s objective is to experiment with a transformative methodology aimed at reflecting and deliberating different researchers’ understandings of science for sustainable development in order to find common ground on transformative science.
The applied methodology will engage all participants in a process of reflection aimed at making explicit their different normative positions regarding their role as scientists in sustainability transformations, while also enabling learning between them. On this basis, we will explore common ground with regard to changes needed in knowledge production processes and in the wider science systems. We will use moderation techniques that make participants’ positions, and changes in these positions visible through dynamic spatial positioning games in which everybody can participate. The methodology is based on insights from sociometry, participatory visioning, and Cohn’s theme-centred interaction and has been applied in various societal and academic contexts to date. The session will conclude with a brief presentation of how scientists of the Future Earth community understand their role as scientists vis-à-vis sustainability transformations.
Glenn Page, Tim Stojanovic, Chris Cutts and Stephen Olsen
Join us for an exciting session to learn how to craft a Governance Baseline from which to measure incremental change and transformation that may be needed to effectively plan and implement in a rapidly changing coastal zone. This will be an exciting and applied session that offers a step-by-step process for examining the condition and use of an ecosystem (such as a stretch of coastline, an estuary, a watershed, a protected area etc.) and how the existing governance system has responded (or failed to respond) to the issues that are most pressing to the people of the place. A governance baseline has three parts, each of which will be demonstrated in the practice session. Part one is a documentation and analysis of how the governance system in a specific place has responded, or not, to change. Part two features a summing up of the strengths and weaknesses of the existing governance system (market forces, government and civil society) and examines what are major limiting factors as well as windows of opportunity for transformative change. Part three is a strategic approach to designing a transformation effort, or adapting an on-going transformation effort, to address the critical current and emerging issues of the place. A governance baseline provides a reference point against which future changes (both human and biophysical components) and the actions of the transformation effort can be measured and assessed. Come learn to ‘see’ the windows of opportunity for transformation.
Anke de Vrieze, Kelli Pearson, Sara Grenni, Angela Moriggi, Siri Pisters, Malin Backman, Katariina Soini and Lummina Horlings
How can creativity be evoked and applied in designing transformative sustainability initiatives?
In this action hub we explore the value of arts-based approaches and techniques through experiencing and experimenting. Participants will learn pragmatic tools for enhancing the transformative potential of sustainability initiatives via creative practices.
Locally-rooted and initiated transformations of social ecological systems are seen as a vital path towards sustainability. The design and communication of effective place-based strategies often require imagination, creativity, and innovation. Creative thinking and acting, however, can be limited by group think, culturally habituated ways of thinking and perceiving, and constraining thoughts and emotions such as fear, anxiety, and self-criticism. This workshop is about experiencing how arts-based approaches can open spaces of possibility in the social imaginary, evoking ‘transformative’ mindsets and creating the conditions for lateral thinking and synchronicity.
We welcome researchers, engaged citizens, artists, policy-makers, or anyone who is interested in reflecting on and contributing to the development of experimental arts-based methods. A team of researchers from SUSPLACE will facilitate the process, drawing from Theory U and Appreciative Inquiry methodologies. The content will be inspired by themes of imaginative leadership, sensitization to complexity, capacities for caring, social learning, and sense of place. Participants will move between small group work, paired reflections, and collective contributions as they work on design challenges taken from existing initiatives. Be prepared for an energetic, fast-paced, interactive session focused on evoking and applying creativity and metaphorical thinking.
Helen Mansbridge and Lorraine Gormley
Achieving the Scottish Government’s ambitious climate change targets will require transformational change across all sectors of society with significant lifestyle changes for most people: impacting on the ways we get around, how we heat our homes, buy our food and the goods we consume. Huge infrastructural and technological advances are being made to help drive this transformational change although the impact of many of them depends heavily on the extent to which people adopt and use them.
The ISM approach is based on theory and evidence which shows that moving beyond the individual to consider all the contexts that shape people’s behaviours – the Individual, the Social and the Material – will be more successful. By understanding the different contexts and the multiple factors within them that influence the way people behave, more effective policies and interventions can be developed.
ISM is a practical tool, that shortcuts complex theory, to aid thinking through how best to influence people’s behaviours, and is being used by the Scottish Government to strengthen the behavioural elements of climate change and wider priorities. ISM starts from a ‘live’ challenge and identifies the relevant factors and influences in their context (individual, social and material) – using a simple process to help set out what can be a very complex behaviour. This session will include a mini ISM workshop to allow you to engage with the tool and see it in action.