1rst European Conference on Sustainability Transitions<br />“Dynamics and governance of transitions to sustainability” <br...
Oxymora of transition governance<br />NATURE OF TRANSITIONS <br /><ul><li>Coordinated Emergence
Evolutionary Revolution</li></ul>GOVERNANCE PHILOSOPHY<br /><ul><li>Deliberative Steering
Short-term envisioning</li></ul>GOVERNANCE PRACTICE<br /><ul><li>Selective Participation
Undefined Experiments</li></ul>2<br />
Oxymoron<br />“An oxymoron is a figure of speech that combines two normally contradictory terms. What distinguishes them (...
Coordinated Emergence<br />Stimulus-response <br />versus<br />Emergence as behavioral response <br />of complex adaptive ...
Coordinated Emergence<br />Coordination in form of collective discussions (transition arena) <br />that strive to create t...
EVOLUTIONARY REVOLUTION<br />Evolution as a process of continuous adaptation, mutation and selection <br />versus<br />Rev...
EVOLUTIONARY REVOLUTION<br />Time scale issue!<br />Short-term incremental changes (evolution)<br /> that on the long-term...
DELIBERATIVE STEERING<br />Deliberative governance as a bottom-up process <br />versus<br />Steering as top-down processes...
DELIBERATIVE STEERING<br />Different direction of intervention<br /> in different phases!<br />Vision & Agenda formation: ...
SHORT-TERM ENVISIONING<br />Actions versus Visions<br />Actions as short-term purposeful interventions<br />vs<br />Vision...
SHORT-TERM ENVISIONING<br />Action – vision consistency! <br />Short-term actions contemplate long-term vision<br />11<br ...
SELECTIVE PARTICIPATION<br />Openness in participation <br />Versus <br />Selectivity in participation<br />OPPOSITION<br ...
SELECTIVE PARTICIPATION<br />TM TOOL: TRANSITION ARENA<br />BROADENING PHASE<br /><ul><li>Group dynamics act as selection ...
Selective Participation</li></ul>13<br />ENVISIONING PHASE<br /><ul><li>Start with inviting actors that satisfy the select...
Open Participation</li></ul>Transition narrative<br />PROPOSITION<br />Sustainability criteria<br />Domains for change <br...
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Oxymora in Transition Research

  1. 1. 1rst European Conference on Sustainability Transitions<br />“Dynamics and governance of transitions to sustainability” <br />4-6 June 2008, Amsterdam, The Netherlands <br />Debating Transition GovernanceGovernance of transition dynamics vs dynamics of transition management<br />Niki Frantzeskaki & Derk Loorbach<br /> Erasmus University Rotterdam<br />TU Delft<br />
  2. 2. Oxymora of transition governance<br />NATURE OF TRANSITIONS <br /><ul><li>Coordinated Emergence
  3. 3. Evolutionary Revolution</li></ul>GOVERNANCE PHILOSOPHY<br /><ul><li>Deliberative Steering
  4. 4. Short-term envisioning</li></ul>GOVERNANCE PRACTICE<br /><ul><li>Selective Participation
  5. 5. Undefined Experiments</li></ul>2<br />
  6. 6. Oxymoron<br />“An oxymoron is a figure of speech that combines two normally contradictory terms. What distinguishes them (…) is that they are used intentionally, for rhetoric effect and the contradiction is only apparent, as the combination of terms provides <br /> a novel expression of some concept.” <br /> DG Research, EU, 2009. <br />3<br />
  7. 7. Coordinated Emergence<br />Stimulus-response <br />versus<br />Emergence as behavioral response <br />of complex adaptive systems<br />OPPOSITION<br />4<br />
  8. 8. Coordinated Emergence<br />Coordination in form of collective discussions (transition arena) <br />that strive to create the conditions for innovations in niches (emergence)<br />PROPOSITION<br />5<br />
  9. 9. EVOLUTIONARY REVOLUTION<br />Evolution as a process of continuous adaptation, mutation and selection <br />versus<br />Revolution as a drastic non-directional change<br />OPPOSITION<br />6<br />
  10. 10. EVOLUTIONARY REVOLUTION<br />Time scale issue!<br />Short-term incremental changes (evolution)<br /> that on the long-term <br />they yield a fundamental change <br />of the system (revolution) <br />7<br />PROPOSITION<br />
  11. 11. DELIBERATIVE STEERING<br />Deliberative governance as a bottom-up process <br />versus<br />Steering as top-down processes of governance<br />OPPOSITION<br />8<br />
  12. 12. DELIBERATIVE STEERING<br />Different direction of intervention<br /> in different phases!<br />Vision & Agenda formation: Bottom-up process<br />Institutionalization of vision’s elements: Top-down<br />9<br />PROPOSITION<br />
  13. 13. SHORT-TERM ENVISIONING<br />Actions versus Visions<br />Actions as short-term purposeful interventions<br />vs<br />Visions as feasible desirable futures<br />OPPOSITION<br />10<br />
  14. 14. SHORT-TERM ENVISIONING<br />Action – vision consistency! <br />Short-term actions contemplate long-term vision<br />11<br />PROPOSITION<br />
  15. 15. SELECTIVE PARTICIPATION<br />Openness in participation <br />Versus <br />Selectivity in participation<br />OPPOSITION<br />12<br />
  16. 16. SELECTIVE PARTICIPATION<br />TM TOOL: TRANSITION ARENA<br />BROADENING PHASE<br /><ul><li>Group dynamics act as selection environment
  17. 17. Selective Participation</li></ul>13<br />ENVISIONING PHASE<br /><ul><li>Start with inviting actors that satisfy the selection criteria
  18. 18. Open Participation</li></ul>Transition narrative<br />PROPOSITION<br />Sustainability criteria<br />Domains for change <br />(transition images)<br />Arena Group<br />Arena Group<br />Area of direct influence<br />
  19. 19. SELECTIVE PARTICIPATION<br />TM TOOL: TRANSITION ARENA<br />Small group to have large impact (amplifier effect)<br />14<br />PROPOSITION<br />Arena Group<br />Area of direct influence<br />Area of indirect influence<br />
  20. 20. UNDEFINED EXPERIMENTS<br />Experiment: test in controlled conditions to test or examine a relation / function<br />Policy experiments or pilots as tools for evidence about policy effectiveness<br />OPPOSITION<br />15<br />
  21. 21. UNDEFINED EXPERIMENTS<br />Transition experiments are multi-functional:<br />Investigation of structure<br />Develop knowledge<br />Engage actors<br />Co-produce new practices<br />The process of experimenting is critical <br />and not the outcome of the experiment!<br />16<br />TM TOOL: TRANSITION EXPERIMENTS<br />PROPOSITION<br />
  22. 22. Debating towards an understanding for governance of transitions<br />Communication of transition dynamics and transition management research streams<br />Further research on the transition tools and for new transition tools <br />Internationalization of transition approach<br />17<br />
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