Open space sessions

Summaries of conversations we had together during Open Space sessions

Understanding Transformation Systems 

Insights and take aways

  • Transformation systems, which are the many actors, institutions and connections between them are vital to creating large scale systems change. 

  • Like food systems, which involve many actors and steps to get food on our plates, or health care systems which enable us to access the care that we need, these systems are complex, involve many actors, and can be supported to develop in ways that support realizing our shared goals. 

  • An important element of developing transformation systems is having leadership in place that understands and supports transformation. These leaders are needed to develop new transformation system actors and  within existing institutions and structures.

  • 'Intrapreneurs', or those who develop new initiatives within existing institutions can be key actors in advancing transformation systems. 

What is Design Thinking

 

  • Design thinking is a process for creative problem solving that focuses on understanding and meeting the needs and wants of the end-user and uses prototyping and experimentation to come up with effective solutions.

  • Keys to the process include implementing real interventions, and continuous monitoring, evaluation, and evolution. 

  • It is agile and supports teams in being responsive.

  • It is a pathway to transformation.

How we want to Use Design Thinking

 

  • Incorporate it into Reos toolkit

  • Use it as we  engage in problem solving 

  • Use it for journey mapping

  • Use the framework with clients

Introduction to Design Thinking 

Understanding Transformation Systems 

Insights and take aways

  • Transformation systems, which are the many actors, institutions and connections between them are vital to creating large scale systems change. 

  • Like food systems, which involve many actors and steps to get food on our plates, or health care systems which enable us to access the care that we need, these systems are complex, involve many actors, and can be supported to develop in ways that support realizing our shared goals. 

  • An important element of developing transformation systems is having leadership in place that understands and supports transformation. These leaders are needed to develop new transformation system actors and  within existing institutions and structures.

  • 'Intrapreneurs', or those who develop new initiatives within existing institutions can be key actors in advancing transformation systems. 

How to create change in contexts where the state is not able or willing to be a significant actor 

Look for what's possible with existing actors

  • Engage influencers

  • Look for the nuances and opportunities within the state - for potential leaders, people with aligned ambitions

  • Look for opportunities with different levels and parts of the state (departments, ministries)

  • Leverage regional autonomy (for example municipalities in the USA that have independently endorsed the Paris Accord)

Humanize the state

  • Try to see people as individuals, not as state actors 

  • Coach participants

  • Build empathy, patience and trust 

Proceed with allies and without government

  • Work with strategic actors that could invite governments afterwards 

  • Work from the ground up, for example with the global ecovillage network and transition towns 

Insights and take aways

  • The key SDGs to connect oceans work to in order to appeal to developing country interests (e.g. in East Africa), are 8 (decent work and economic growth), 11 (sustainable communities and cities), 12 (sustainable production and consumption), and 6 (clean water and sanitation)

  • The most effective way forward might be to make the case for "blue economy for all" with a focus on jobs.

  • Some areas to look at include  a report by the Parntnership for Action on Green Economy and GAIN 2018 - developed by ILO

  • A next step might be to use modelling to look at the implications of different scenarios on jobs, sectoral distribution, regional impacts, etc.

Potential next steps

 

To specifically advance the Northern Mozambique Channel/Western Indian Ocean Process potential next steps include

 

  1. Undertake parallel work to test assumptions - bring together key people in key sectors, e.g. gas,

  2. Find someone  respected by governments and the private sector to do modelling/ quantification - e.g. Anadarko? could they advise/fund anything?

  3. Ask scenario participants what data/indicators are important to them

  4. Extend the WIO Ocean Economy Report with focus on jobs

How to accelerate work on sustainability and oceans   

Sharing Across Labs

Insights and take aways

  • The role of funders for the launch of a Lab is crucial

  • Three phases towards transformation: Scenarios, Labs, Platform for continuous collaboration

  • Whatever the Lab’s subject is, the starting point is to make stakeholders understand that the only way forward is by collaborating 

  • Conveners also play an important role since they are “the people with the drive and fire in the belly”

  • David Easton on public policy: “transformation happens when work is done on three levels: shifting narratives about the problem and shifting mental models, shifting policy or “the regime” and innovating and incubating the new”

Insights and take aways

  • Early Childhood Development is advancing in Brazil and a significant milestone was reached with the creation of a legal framework on ECD recently 

  • By 2030 the aim is to ensure that all girl and boys to quality early childhood development, care and preprimary education so that they are ready for primary education

  • Conducive policy framework for ECD doesn’t necessarily mean or translate into action but are strengthening systems to execute the policy on the ground or helping government on the ground to support ECD practices to implement the policy

  • Use of scenarios in the presence of polarization

ECD Lab Focused on SDG 4.2

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