COcreating PATHWAYS TOWARD just and SUSTAINABLE FUTURES
10 changemaker capacities crucial for empowering plurialistic, sustainability oriented and societally inclusive policy and services innovation
Build a map of structural conditions determining what is possible and what is not
Create parnerships, windows of opportunity and conditions conductive of reflexive collaboration
Understand dynamics of change within and between social, economic, political and ecological systems
Use tools to trace the transformative effects of your innovation within and accross social and ecological systems
Scan for trends and weak signals of change that might be relevant to your transition pathway
Bring your ideas into the real world with experiments, while fostering links with policy-making
Develop ways of critically questioning dominant images and narratives of the future
Tease out concrete steps, interventions and pathways, needed to realise your dynamic vision
Foresee uncertainties and risks and be able to imagine many possible futures
Define core principles and create images of a desirable future, serving as a strategic vision
Developing capacities and innovations with impact implies at least 4 sets of questions
Social innovation and alternative economic models
Which innovations can be said to embody sustainable, regenerative and socially just forms of economy?
How can these innovations be linked up for systemic solutions, in different contexts and at different levels and scales?
In what ways do existing political economic structures determine, support and/or hinder new economic innovation?
What array of design principles can we extrapolate from different innovations for developing holistic solutions?
Making sense of social change and great transformations
Is our current idea of social and systemic change the only (or correct) one?
What other theories of change exist, and how can they inform transformative visions, strategies and innovations?
How should the role and influence of innovations in changes at the levels of society, economy and politics be understood?
How to foresee, assess and monitor, that an innovation may have positive net effects in integrated socio-ecological systems?
Techniques of futuring and building futures literacy
Is my vision of a desirable future truly mine, or am I unconsciously borrowing someone else’s claim to the future(s)?
How to use innovations, trends and weak signals in strategic planning for short, medium and long-term?
How can multiple radical possible futures be used as a basis for shaping social innovations, visions and strategies?
Which types of tools can be used to co-create futures in inclusive, but also creative, experiential and experimental ways?
Designing and governing sustainability transitions
How can ambitious visions of futures guide processes of innovation and the integrative design, planning and managment of just transitions?
Is my innovation transitory by design, or is it meant as a long-term model that would develop over time?
Which supportive (legal, financial and other) mechanisms need to develop to unlock the potentials of open social innovation?
What tools can be used to include the widest range of stakeholders into innovation, design and transition governance processes
Collaborative and sustainability innovation
Change driver analysis
Weak signal and trend scanning
Strategic foresight and scenario planning
Designing transitions toward alternative economies
Multi-level perspective (MLP)
Scaling social-ecological innovation
Quintuple helix governance
Educational and communicational tools
Simulations and roleplay
Transmediation of future visions
Game co-design & game jams