Transitioning to sustainable academic conferences needs more experimentation and reflection

Accelerated decarbonization of academic conferences is necessary and urgent. Despite the window of opportunity that COVID-19 created for rethinking conferences, there is a risk of slipping back into old habits now that restrictions are lifted. This commentary reports on recent experiences with a unique, sustainable approach to academic conferencing involving an international partnership and hub … from Transitioning to sustainable academic conferences needs more experimentation and reflection

Blog: Transformative nature based solutions to enhance water provision and liveability in Cape Town

When working in interdisciplinary teams, reaching a shared understanding and agreed approach can be challenging. In this blog post, Dr Patience Mguni reflects upon her experience of using the structured brainstorming and the policy radar tool to facilitate greater dialogue and create a shared discourse. This blog posts features the work of the Pathways to … from Blog: Transformative nature based solutions to enhance water provision and liveability in Cape Town

Applying a Theory of Change Approach to the Evaluation of Comprehensive Community Initiatives

This influential paper from the Aspen Institute proposed the ‘Theory of Change Approach’ for the Comprehensive Community Initiative (CCI). Three stages in carrying out this approach are identified and elaborated, namely, surfacing and articulating a theory of change; measuring a CCI’s activities and intended outcomes; and analyzing and interpreting the results of an evaluation, including … from Applying a Theory of Change Approach to the Evaluation of Comprehensive Community Initiatives

Hivos Theory of Change

Hivos values working with Theory of Change (ToC) as an appropriate approach to guide its strategic thinking and action, as well as its collaborative action with others. The use of a ToC approach fosters critical questioning of all aspects of change interventions and supports adaptive planning and management in response to diverse and quickly changing … from Hivos Theory of Change

Boundary objects, knowledge integration, and innovation management: A systematic review of the literature

Enabling collaboration across disciplines, business functions, departments, organizations, and industries is a critical innovation management challenge. Successful innovation depends on effective knowledge integration among diverse actors. The concept of boundary objects to achieve knowledge integration has gained increasing popularity within innovation management. Despite the growing relevance, existing literature reviews about boundary objects are sparse. This … from Boundary objects, knowledge integration, and innovation management: A systematic review of the literature

Expanding Epistemic Capability in Participatory Decision-Making Processes: The Universidad de Ibagué Capabilities List

Inspired by the human development values and capability approach that are in tune with its ethos, the Universidad de Ibagué developed a participatory process to build a comprehensive capabilities list for the university community and the external actors that cooperate with it. As a private institution serving a region beset by conflict, the university feels … from Expanding Epistemic Capability in Participatory Decision-Making Processes: The Universidad de Ibagué Capabilities List

Building knowledge infrastructure for diverse stakeholders to scale up co-production equitably

Emerging sustainability research has called for scaling up co-production because sustainability challenges span administrative, institutional, cultural, and physical boundaries and often occur at different scales than co-production tends to happen. To scale up co-production equitably, any such efforts must center the power dynamics intrinsic to rescaling. We highlight how scale itself is constructed by different actors and that the … from Building knowledge infrastructure for diverse stakeholders to scale up co-production equitably

Co-creation for Transformative Innovation Policy: an implementation case for projects structured as portfolio of knowledge services

Background: Transformative Innovation Policy (TIP) encompasses a variety of policy frameworks that seek to use the potential of science, technology, and innovation to address societal challenges. To do so, it relies on inclusive co-creation processes for the design, implementation and evaluation programmes and policies that can drive systemic transformation towards sustainability. Aims and objectives: To … from Co-creation for Transformative Innovation Policy: an implementation case for projects structured as portfolio of knowledge services