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Systems thinking; resilience; transformation pathways
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Ecologist and development professional
ICLEI South Asia
"Everything is connected, just need to change our perspectives"
Resilience as a concept stimulates me, and translating it to enable its effective application is an exciting challenge. From being introduced to the concept as an ecologist to applying it beyond natural ecosystems has been a learning journey that has helped me grow as a professional. I am driven by the need to delve into complex problems and to explore them from a systems-thinking perspective. This requires me to look for linkages and relationships between elements that are not obvious, but which are yet the most critical to understand and address. This I believe helps unlock innovation.
I am wondering whether you have considered the challenges of introducing something new in school curriculum as it requires engaging with higher levels of governments and dealing with existing (often complex procedures).
I commend the idea of having trained or certified data collectors, but am not sure if school students would be most appropriate for this. Your thoughts?
I believe you need to explore existing institutions (formal, informal) that could be leveraged to implement your idea rather than creating a new one (i.e. communication centre). The innovation of your idea lies is your ability to do so. Managing an institution is a major challenge that could suck up a lot of time and resources, and therefore avoidable to the extent possible so that energies can be directed towards the main goals.
You would also need to explore further how your idea will be sustained
Hi Tyler Great idea! Such initiatives are very relevant and needed. I would urge you to focus on ensuring that the data that is generated is used for designing developmental activities for these communities. This would require sensitizing and mobilising local governments and other relevant stakeholders on the need to use this data and involving slum communities in designing developmental programs, and and creating opportunities for dialogues between them. This process of engagement and partnership building would support the sustainability of the initiative.