Learning history: Mutual understanding and trust-building

Estimated Time
20 minutes
Resource Type
Extract Case Study

In this example learning history, participants in the Vinnova experiment discuss the experience of adding an active reflexive layer to work on transformation of the food system.

Their insights highlight the importance of reflexivity in Transformative Innovation Policy experiments for:

  • working with complexity;
  • managing expectations and assumptions;
  • coping with challenges and change;
  • finding common ground and mutual understanding; and
  • building trust and confidence with intermediaries.
They show that reflexivity is a key capability in transformative policy design, helping practitioners to work with emergence and to depart from assumptions that underline business-as-usual.



Velasco, D., Witte, J., Boni, A., Molas-Gallart, J., Lundström, J., Franzen, J., Hill, D. (2020) Example learning history: Mutual understanding and trust-building. Available at https://tipresourcelab.net/resource/learning-history-mutual-understanding-and-trust-building/

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