Why the future is important: The value of research partnerships


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Presentation by Dr. Michael Quinn and Dr. Mary Ellen Tyler about the importance of research at the 2012 Calgary Regional Partnership General Assembly.

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Why the future is important: The value of research partnerships

  1. 1. Why the future isimportant:The value of researchpartnershipsMary-Ellen Tyler & Mike QuinnCRP General Assembly - November 22, 2012
  2. 2. … as shown by the future offashion video … The Future is Uncertain!
  3. 3. The CMP is about ‘preferred’ outcomes in theFuture
  4. 4. Understanding how regionalsocial-ecological systemfunctions are spatiallyorganized andinterconnected can helpguide the spatialconfiguration for sustainablegrowth patterns.
  5. 5. - “bounding” is difficult- problem definition unclear- cause/effect relationships are non-linear- social values are critical- engaging the problem changes it Sustainability Problems are “Wicked problems”
  6. 6. The CMP is about managing Wicked Problems
  7. 7. Research is aboutfinding new ideas andinformation to informdecision-making andenable innovative actions
  8. 8. “over the last 20 years a slowing of investment in research and innovation has held Canada back” - Calgary Herald p. E1,Oct. 31, 2012“The Conference Board of Canada gave Canada a ‘D’ for innovation”
  9. 9. “business intelligence is not just for businessanymore …” Calgary Herald November ‘12
  10. 10. There is a reason why business intelligencesounds like an astute approach to decisionmaking … it is!
  11. 11. “Having some pretty graphs and columnsof numbers won’t necessarily provideactionable insight into decision making” - Financial Post p.E8, Oct. 31, 2012
  12. 12. What do Strategicdecision-makersNeed to know?
  13. 13. “Facts, trends and predictive ‘what if’scenarios need to factor into critical decision- making”- Financial Post p.E8, Oct. 31, 2012
  14. 14. Research involves Innovation Innovation involves Re-FramingInnovation related to Climate Change?
  15. 15. The Sustainability Transformation (Atkisson)▪ Indicators – tell us what’s happening▪ Systems – non-linear cause-and-effect linkages▪ Innovation – changes that are new to the system of interest▪ Strategy – a plan for getting from here to there
  16. 16. Efficiency is not enough▪ Good science is necessary - but not sufficient▪ Coupled human and natural systems▪ Inter-connections and feedbacks
  17. 17. ResilienceResilience is the capacity of a systemto deal with change and continue to develop.Resilience thinking embraces learning, diversityand above all the belief that humans and natureare strongly coupled to the point that they shouldbe conceived of as one social-ecological system(Resilience Alliance 2012).
  18. 18. “Ecological infrastructure, resilience and governance in theCalgary region: a partnership for regional sustainability” A few examples of current research
  19. 19. Research Relationship with CRP ongoingover the last 6 years▪ Researchers - Drs. Quinn and Tyler, Post-Doctoral, PhD and Masters Students in Environmental Design & the Miistakis Institute for the Rockies at U of C.▪ Value Added – close to $400,000 from SSHRC Partnership Development Grant and Private Foundations brought to CRP research over the last 5 years
  20. 20. 1. Re-framing & the Co-creation of Knowledge ▪ shift from specific tasks and projects to “orchestrating processes of co-creation, creating new solutions with people, not for them” (Bason, 2010) ▪ shift from silos of expertise (climate modeling, in-channel flow modeling) to transdisciplinary integrative networks ▪ shift from ‘assuming’ there are social and ecological systems to identifying the regional footprint of a social- ecological network
  21. 21. 2. Re-framing Water Blue Flow < 30% Green Flow’ > 70%Managingthe Hydrologic Cycle
  22. 22. A Regional Moisture Gradient in thirds…WEST EASTProtect the Source Careful land cover Maintain wetland management in the dynamics- Primary recharge transition zone - Compatible with - Critical for mid-late ecological design summer low flow periods interventions
  23. 23. 3. Re-framing Landscape Connectivity
  24. 24. Process map of Analysis of Landscape Connectivity using a permeability approach
  25. 25. Process map of Analysis of Landscape Connectivity using a permeability approachHuman footprint (H) 1.0 0.8 0.6 0.4 0.2 0.0
  26. 26. 4. Re-framing Government to ‘Governance’• Network governance emerging concept for better manage complex social ecological systems• ‘Bridging organizations’ such as the CRP are an example of network governance.• Looking for patterns of effective governance configurations
  27. 27. Re-framing the Future?
  28. 28. This Holiday Season Don’t Drink and Reframe! Thank You! Season’s Greetings!