from conference delegates on the presentation 'Think like an ecosystem'
- embedding a living system paradigm into participatory planning by Joanne
UK Systems Society
International Conference - Citizens and Governance in the Knowledge Age
- the Contribution of Systems Thinking And Practice, St. Anne's College,
Oxford 7-8 September 2004.
Delegates look at feedback on the second day of the conference.
Delegates were asked
to provide feedback on the approach presented in this workshop. The ideas
developed are summarised in an excel worksheet. To download press here.
The paper presented
at the confernece has since been published: Tippett, J., (2005) ''Think
like an ecosystem' - embedding a living system paradigm into participatory
planning'. Systemic Practice and Action Research, Vol. 17 (6): 603 - 622.
The European Union Water Framework Directive offers an unparalleled opportunity
for improving river basin management and moving towards a sustainable
future. It is widely accepted that the concept of sustainable development
itself can be understood in fairly simple terms, but that implementation,
making the concept practically operable, is difficult to achieve in practice.
There is a need to animate this process, making it more engaging and comprehensible
for participants. This research examined the emerging role of active stakeholder
participation in 'planning for sustainability'. The DesignWays planning
process, developed by the author, was tested in the context of waterside
regeneration in the Mersey Basin Campaign. The overall aim of this research
was to explore the use of a systems thinking paradigm to inform participatory
ecological design. It has demonstrated that a process consistent with
a living systems paradigm can contribute to the development of more integrated,
ecologically sound plans.