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An introduction to systems principles for designing cities that would not only be more livable but also sustainable and resilient

An introduction to systems principles for designing cities that would not only be more livable but also sustainable and resilient

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  • 1. systems principles for designing sustainable and resilient cities Anupam Saraph, PhD, Innovation, Strategy and Leadership Mentor
  • 2. one in every seven cities in the world is in India half of these were created post-independence and are less than 64 years old not one of them makes it to any list of cities worth living in indian cities
  • 3. $20 billion spent through national urban renewal mission from 2005 not one of the cities with these funds can still make it to any list of cities worth living in indian cities
  • 4. systems comprise of stakeholders engaged in a relationship for a common purpose systems methods focus on the purpose for which stakeholders engage with each other systems methods are inclusive systems thinking
  • 5. social systems are inherently insensitive to most policy changes that people choose in an effort to alter the behavior of systems social systems draw attention to the very points at which an attempt to intervene will fail characteristic ONE
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  • 7. social systems seem to have a few sensitive influence points through which behavior can be changed when a high-influence policy is identified, the chances are great that a person guided by intuition and judgment will alter the system in the wrong direction characteristic TWO
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  • 9. social systems exhibit a conflict between short-term and long-term consequences of a policy change a policy that produces improvement in the short run is usually one that degrades a system in the long run characteristic THREE
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  • 11. systems that can continue their processes indefinitely a system that grows continuously cannot be sustained forever sustainable systems
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  • 13. resilient systems resist damage and recover quickly from disturbances a system without large buffers cannot be resilient resilient systems
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  • 15. evolve a common purpose for engagement of stakeholders systems principles 1
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  • 17. engage all stakeholders fairly systems principles 2
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  • 19. build feedback to reinforce stakeholder roles that accomplish the common purpose systems principles 3
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  • 21. build mechanisms to contain growth systems principles 4
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  • 23. restore natural buffers to reduce impact of disturbances systems principles 5
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  • 25. systems, sustainable and resilient systems, few principles for cities emergent behaviors, self organizing, information systems, governance upgrades, designing policy and legislation… http://anupam.saraph.in more … Left for follow-up