Dealing with complexity and uncertainty   In natural resource management And other wicked problems’ initiatives           ...
Overview1. Development (research) is mostly about   complexity… What is complexity?2. What does development (research) too...
1. Development (research) is mostly about                complexity  Credits: Michael Heiss                           …Wha...
1. Development (research) is mostly aboutcomplexityComplex issues…   •   Natural resource management,   •   Climate change...
1. Development (research) is mostly aboutcomplexity          What is a wicked problem? A problem that is difficult or impo...
1. Development (research) is mostly aboutcomplexity         Characteristics of a wicked problem? Highly integrated        ...
1. Development (research) is mostly about   complexity – what is complexity?                                    Inter-    ...
1. Development (research) is mostly about    complexity – what is complexity?                          Fractals /         ...
1. Development (research) is mostly aboutcomplexity – what is complexity?                                   Unpredictabili...
3. What does development (research) too     often look like in comparison?
3. What does development (research) too   often look like in comparison?                       Obsessed with silver bullet...
3. What does development (research) toooften look like in comparison?         Not prepared for change!!!        Not prepar...
4. What are the implications of complexity          for the way we work?
What are the implications of complexity forthe way we work?Plan with uncertainty• Check your assumptions
What are the implications of complexity for the way we work?Understandthe biggerpicture Credits: InfoNet
What are the implications of complexity forthe way we work?   Drive by shared vision and co-creation   • Visualize that wi...
What are the implications of complexity forthe way we work?         Know your network         • Institutions         •Indi...
What are the implications of complexity for  the way we work?Embed yourwork in thecontext                              Cre...
What are the implications of complexity forthe way we work?                         Know how to respond                   ...
What are the implications of complexity for  the way we work?      Document and reflect!Credits: Adam Cohn
What are the implications of complexity forthe way we work?   Connect all the nodes to the main grid   •Become the complex...
What are the implications of complexity for    the way we work?Multi-stakeholder processes can be great for this•Recognisi...
What are the implications of complexity for   the way we work?        But they        have to        work as        one   ...
More information          http://www.eau4food.info            e.leborgne@cgiar.orgThe presentation has a Creative Commons ...
Better lives through livestock           ilri.org
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  1. 1. Dealing with complexity and uncertainty In natural resource management And other wicked problems’ initiatives Ewen Le Borgne EAU4Food LPA-CoP facilitation training workshop ILRI Ethiopia, Addis Ababa 13-15 August 2012
  2. 2. Overview1. Development (research) is mostly about complexity… What is complexity?2. What does development (research) too often look like in comparison?3. What are the implications of complexity for the way we work? How to work around complexity?
  3. 3. 1. Development (research) is mostly about complexity Credits: Michael Heiss …What is complexity?
  4. 4. 1. Development (research) is mostly aboutcomplexityComplex issues… • Natural resource management, • Climate change, • Poverty, • Service delivery, • Social change… • …are all complex… • …they relate to……wicked problems Credits: Julian Burton
  5. 5. 1. Development (research) is mostly aboutcomplexity What is a wicked problem? A problem that is difficult or impossible to solve because of incomplete, contradictory, and changing requirements that are often difficult to recognize. The term ‘wicked’ is used, not in the sense of evil, but rather its resistant to resolution. Moreover, because of complex interdependencies, the effort to solve one aspect of a wicked problem may reveal or create other problems.
  6. 6. 1. Development (research) is mostly aboutcomplexity Characteristics of a wicked problem? Highly integrated Difficult or impossible to solve Evolving over time Going through occasional Rooted in local & abrupt changes global contexts
  7. 7. 1. Development (research) is mostly about complexity – what is complexity? Inter- dependencyCredits: Harold Jarche
  8. 8. 1. Development (research) is mostly about complexity – what is complexity? Fractals / patternsCredits: Jakyakody200lk
  9. 9. 1. Development (research) is mostly aboutcomplexity – what is complexity? UnpredictabilityComplex adaptivesystems“Systems that have alarge numbers ofcomponents, often calledagents, that interact andadapt or learn.” Credits: Trojan Mice Feedback loops Self-organization Emergence
  10. 10. 3. What does development (research) too often look like in comparison?
  11. 11. 3. What does development (research) too often look like in comparison? Obsessed with silver bullets Short lived Obsessed with Imposed from scaling up outside Monitored blindly Centralized & heavily bureaucratic Obsessed with changeDisconnectedfrom realities Uninspired (not our vision)Credits: Howard Lake
  12. 12. 3. What does development (research) toooften look like in comparison? Not prepared for change!!! Not prepared for complexity!
  13. 13. 4. What are the implications of complexity for the way we work?
  14. 14. What are the implications of complexity forthe way we work?Plan with uncertainty• Check your assumptions
  15. 15. What are the implications of complexity for the way we work?Understandthe biggerpicture Credits: InfoNet
  16. 16. What are the implications of complexity forthe way we work? Drive by shared vision and co-creation • Visualize that wicked problem •Motivate people around that bigger picture •Connect forces and capacities •Co-create an agenda for action •Carry out joint activities •Let people self-organise Empower!!!Credits: ILRI
  17. 17. What are the implications of complexity forthe way we work? Know your network • Institutions •Individuals •Interdependencies
  18. 18. What are the implications of complexity for the way we work?Embed yourwork in thecontext Credits: Strawberry Sue •
  19. 19. What are the implications of complexity forthe way we work? Know how to respond •To simple, complicated, complex and chaotic problems and issues…
  20. 20. What are the implications of complexity for the way we work? Document and reflect!Credits: Adam Cohn
  21. 21. What are the implications of complexity forthe way we work? Connect all the nodes to the main grid •Become the complex adaptive systemCredits: ILRI
  22. 22. What are the implications of complexity for the way we work?Multi-stakeholder processes can be great for this•Recognising multiple knowledges•Their contributions•Their capacities•Their needs•Their biases Credits: Valerie Brown
  23. 23. What are the implications of complexity for the way we work? But they have to work as one collectiveCredits: Valerie Brown
  24. 24. More information http://www.eau4food.info e.leborgne@cgiar.orgThe presentation has a Creative Commons licence. You are free to re-use or distribute this work, provided credit is given to ILRI.
  25. 25. Better lives through livestock ilri.org

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