Tuesday 6
Systemic Integrated Resilience and Adaptation Planning
Ariella Helfgott, Joost Vervoort, Meghan Bailey
› 11:35 - 12:30 (55min)
› JOFFRE 1-1
Surfacing World Views: methods to uncover common elements of worldview to aid climate adaptation decision-making and planning
Bailey Meghan  1@  
1 : University of Oxford (UK)  -  Website

[In submission as part of the panel session entitled Systemic Integrated Resilience and Adaptation Planning organized by Dr. Ariella Helfgott]


It is acknowledged within the fields of strategic planning, decision theory and systems thinking that making the worldviews informing any planning and decision making process explicit is essential. This also applies to resilience and adaptation planning. The risks are both moral and practical: that the worldviews of a particular elite dominate at the expense of effected stakeholders, that ill-informed or biased notions pervert planning processes or block adaptive capacity; and since the merits of any plan are assessed in accordance with a particular worldview, they will determine the buy-in of effected citizens to interventions aimed at building resilience or adaptive capacity, and therefore the effectiveness and sustainability of that intervention.

However, there is a deficit of practical participatory methods for uncovering worldviews relevant to adaptation and resilience planning. In part this is because worldviews are not simple to capture, as Fuenmayor shows, worldview is the sum total of everything that exists for a given individual and is not transferable between individuals, that would be quite literally “stepping into the consciousness” of that individual, and seeing “the world” through their eyes. Anthropologists have been exploring common elements of worldview held in communities through long-term embedded ethnographic methods. Such methods are impractical for climate change assessment and planning processes, which tend to be rapid.

This paper presents a simple practical methodology for surfacing worldviews relevant to adaptation and resilience planning and decision-making. The framework for the methodology is provided by Critical Systems Heuristics (CSH), which is itself a framework for making all systemic boundary and value judgments relevant to planning processes explicit through 12 questions, such as “What worldview is/ought to be determining the purpose, scope, approach and merits of this intervention? What different visions of ‘improvement' are (should be) considered, and how are they (should they be) reconciled?” However, these questions cannot be asked and answered directly and participatory techniques will be needed.

A suite of participatory methods has been tailored to this end including repertory grid – specially designed to surface latent perspectives, narrative techniques, interviews and direct participant observation. The theory behind the choice and application of those particular techniques draws on personal construct theory, adaptation and resilience theory and cognition.

The paper presents the implementation of this framework to surface relevant worldviews in adaptation planning processes in Ghana and Nepal as part of the Systemic Integrated Adaptation (SIA) Research Program, which is the topic of the panel session entitled Systemic Integrated Resilience and Adaptation Planning. This paper is part of that panel session.



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