Pathways to the Great Transition

In early 2017 we have launched our new project: Pathways to the Great Transition.

Building on the Lab’s work over the last five years, in this new phase we will work with CSOs and researchers to demonstrate how civil society actors and funders can concretely work towards the Great Transition.

We aim to provide impulses to the emerging system change discussion with new critical reflections on discourse and theories of change.

The project has two strands:

  • Learning from practice – we work with civil society organisations that want to practice and experiment with new strategies and approaches to change. We want to work with them under an action-research approach and apply the Smart CSOs framework to practical contexts (action experiments). 

ToC and the Vision of the GT Front Cover

  • A research dialogue – we engage researchers and practitioners in a dialogue on two guiding questions:
    1. On the vision question (the ‘what’ question): Is there a puzzle of the new/next system emerging and if so which are some of the key elements?
    2. On the strategies question (the ‘how’ question): Can we identify a number of promising pathways (for activists/funders) for the Great Transition?

More about this project soon in this space.

See here the results and conclusions from an initial exploration about theories of change and the vision of the Great Transition at and around the Smart CSOs workshop in October 2016.