Tools and approaches creating shared understanding of systemic change: Reflections on three case studies

Johanna Kohl, Nina Wessberg, Mikko Dufva, S. Kivisaari

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    This paper relates to possibilities of promoting sustainable change. More specifically, it addresses the challenge of how to facilitate the building of a shared understanding of change among multiple stakeholders in order to work towards a shared goal. It builds on three case studies in different fields i.e. welfare and health services, energy-efficiency and renewable energy in housing districts, and mining industry. All cases deal with changing complex sosio-technical systems, which is analysed using frames, approaches and tools from transition management and the multi-level perspective, stakeholder engagement, knowledge management and foresight. The multi-level perspective guides their analysis as the theoretical framework. The paper assesses the possibilities and restraints connected to tools and approaches for tackling the building of a shared goal on a micro-level. Our study suggests that these tools and approaches help the stakeholders to reflect their knowledge against the multi-level perspective, position the required changes in time, identify key actors of change and thus create a shared understanding of the systemic change.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    Event5th International Conference on Sustainability Transitions: Impact and institutions - Utrecht, Netherlands
    Duration: 27 Aug 201429 Aug 2014
    Conference number: 5
    http://www.milesecure2050.eu/events/en/2014/03/14/readabout/5th-international-sustainability-transitions-ist-conference

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    Conference5th International Conference on Sustainability Transitions
    CountryNetherlands
    CityUtrecht
    Period27/08/1429/08/14
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    Keywords

    • systemic change
    • socio-technical systems
    • participatory foresight

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    Kohl, J., Wessberg, N., Dufva, M., & Kivisaari, S. (2014). Tools and approaches creating shared understanding of systemic change: Reflections on three case studies. Paper presented at 5th International Conference on Sustainability Transitions, Utrecht, Netherlands.
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    Kohl, J, Wessberg, N, Dufva, M & Kivisaari, S 2014, 'Tools and approaches creating shared understanding of systemic change: Reflections on three case studies', Paper presented at 5th International Conference on Sustainability Transitions, Utrecht, Netherlands, 27/08/14 - 29/08/14.

    Tools and approaches creating shared understanding of systemic change : Reflections on three case studies. / Kohl, Johanna; Wessberg, Nina; Dufva, Mikko; Kivisaari, S.

    2014. Paper presented at 5th International Conference on Sustainability Transitions, Utrecht, Netherlands.

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    Kohl J, Wessberg N, Dufva M, Kivisaari S. Tools and approaches creating shared understanding of systemic change: Reflections on three case studies. 2014. Paper presented at 5th International Conference on Sustainability Transitions, Utrecht, Netherlands.