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No silver bullets. How UNDP learned to embrace systems thinking

Quaggiotto, Giulio (2020) No silver bullets. How UNDP learned to embrace systems thinking. In: Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design (RSD9) 2020 Symposium, 9-17 Oct 2020, Ahmedabad, India.

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Abstract

Accepting that wellbeing and sustainable development are complex challenges means acknowledging the limitations of linear planning and moving away from the allure of designing single-point solutions (“the mobile app that will save the world”).

This is not an easy shift for bureaucracies that have been traditionally designed for a world of predictability. Drawing on concrete examples of projects from across the Asia Pacific, this talk will cover the innovation journey of UNDP as it is exploring systems thinking approaches to tackle difficult, ambiguous challenges such as the future of work or the redesign of waste and food systems. Participants will be invited to reflect on questions such as how to design portfolios of interventions that are coherent to the nature of systemic problems, how to collectively create meaningful representations of systems, and how to tackle entrenched power dynamics that are inherent in the status quo.

Item Type: Conference/Workshop Item (Keynote)
Divisions: Faculty of Design
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Date Deposited: 04 May 2022 19:08
Last Modified: 04 May 2022 19:08
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/3588

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