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The methods in the td-net toolbox for co-producing knowledge are useful for bringing together different perspectives on a problem, recognising that not only individuals but also social groups have different ways of thinking about issues. One method (soft systems methodology) covers the whole process, while the others cover specific aspects. The aim is to provide […]
Purpose: To describe open knowledge systems. Description: Open knowledge systems are required to deal with accelerating global change, the danger of crossing planetary boundaries, multiple and interacting pressures, as well as the consequences of partial solutions for one problem leading to pressures elsewhere. The transformative change required to deal with these earth system challenges needs cooperation and dialogue between the scientific community and all other stakeholders ie., those with relevant knowledge for contributing to solutions. This is what is meant by an open knowledge system.
Purpose: To provide those helping communities "identify and adopt more sustainable practices" with a range of on-line resources that support "social learning and constructive action in multi-stakeholder settings." Description: The resources are organised under the following categories: Social learning, including systems thinking, building networks and knowledge management; Planning, monitoring and evaluation (PM and E); Collaboration/engagement, including stakeholder mapping and analysis and working across cultures; Supporting change; Research, including participatory action research and managing integration; Sustainable development.
Metaphors help people “understand the unfamiliar” and “make someone realise they’ve only been looking at one side of a thing.” Metaphors assist in closing “the gap in people’s ability to grasp something, or speed up what they’re already on track to see.” Designing metaphors involves generating multiple possible comparisons to find those that work well. […]
This report provides a brief overview of the most popular modelling techniques used to analyse complex real-world problems, as well as some less popular but highly relevant techniques. The modelling methods are divided into three categories, with each encompassing a number of methods, as follows: Qualitative Aggregate Models (Soft Systems Methodology, Concept Maps and Mind […]
Recent technological advances provide comprehensive digital traces of social actions, interactions, and transactions and are described in this video. These data provide an unprecedented exploratorium to model the socio-technical motivations for creating, maintaining, dissolving, and reconstituting into teams. This presentation uses examples from research on scientific collaboration and massively multiplayer online games to argue that […]
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Project management, as a field of practice and aspiring discipline has enjoyed strong professional formation, driven by active associations of practitioners. In promoting project management as a discipline in its own right, these practitioners and their associations have worked to delimit it from other disciplines and define it through practice standards. As a result project […]
This framework presents a structured way to review all the possibilities for understanding and acting on a complex problem. The questions are: “What do we know about the problem? What can different interest groups and academic disciplines contribute to addressing this problem? What areas are contentious? What are the big-picture issues? In other words, what […]
Scoping of complex social and environmental problems can be undertaken using the following seven phase framework.   Phase 1: Analyse the Context When did the problem attract attention? Who raised the problem? How was the decision to do something about the problem arrived at? What do those who raised the problem expect? What is their […]
Purpose: Provides detailed advice about the process of engaging stakeholders, including planning the process, methods, evaluation and managing conflict.

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