On 15th of January 2015 a group of 16 people came together at the Gulbenkian Foundation in London for a day of co-creating a range of scenarios for Marine CoLABoration. The aim of the workshop was for the participants to get to know each other as creative individuals and to glimpse shared vision(s) for the initiative.
Looking at the oceans surfaces many 'big' problems, which often need multiple perspectives to incite meaningful change. The workshop explored the nature of value, economic and social assumptions which impact the importance and complexity of the issues involved. Scenarios were developed which explored more sustainable economic and governance systems as the world experiences further effects of climate change.
Photos from the workshop can be found at https://www.flickr.com/photos/foam/sets/72157650383972831
Andrew Barnett, Louisa Hooper, Sarah Ridley, Gonçalo Calado, Sandy Luk, Nicola Frost, Amy Pryor, Aniol Esteban, Giles Bristow, Sue Ranger, Andrew Farmer, Heather Koldewey, Mirella von Lindenfels
Facilitators: Maja Kuzmanovic, Nik Gaffney, Vali Lalioti
“How could the Marine CoLABoration change the world?” (with further questions considered)
Valuing the Oceans / Marine CoLABoration takes on a lab-approach - it is participatory and co-creative focussing on iterative cycles, experimentation and connections. Looking at oceans surfaces many 'big' problems, which need multiple perspectives to incite meaningful change. The participants in Marine CoLABoration are therefore from diverse backgrounds and areas of interest.
(further details of the framing by Maja Kuzmanovic)
Think of a situation in which you felt able to change the world. What did you do? How did you feel? What resources did you have at your disposal?
Worldchanging actions described included; finding and seizing opportunities, being able to respond to serendipity, Thinking pro-actively and strategically, Understanding, Finding and analysing evidence, reframing existing problems, refreshing, restart, collaborating with others, Trust, Engagement, Reward, Share, defying authority if necessary when beliefs or actions are challenged.
Worldchanging emotions described included; Excitement, Inspiration, (Self)reward, Frustration transformed into elation, Energy, Passion, Pride, Freedom, Exhaustion and Happiness.
Worldchanging resources described included; existing social/professional connections, Networks, Time, Shared cause, The availability of a safety net (family, friends, financial stability), the capacity and willingness to change, Entrepreneurship, working with enthusiastic youth.
What do we know about valuing the oceans?
What can we presume about valuing the oceans?
What is unknown about valuing the oceans?
What are the drivers of change for Marine CoLABoration?
What is most important and most uncertain for Marine CoLABoration?
What are the extreme positions of our scenario logic?
Six years from now, what are possible future scenarios for a world that Marine CoLABoration could change?
How could Marine CoLABoration change the world (in six years)?
Marine CoLABoration works within the paradigm of growth economy (for maximum speed and impact) to link with innovation, products (…) and values that create sustainable growth.. All work to scale solutions that both make economic and environmental benefit. Marine CoLABoration scales to influence MNC’s and government to make this happen. (Pollutopia)
Marine CoLABoration supports effective collaboration within and between nested levels of governance. We restore the links between the ocean and wider society (Rescue)
Marine CoLABoration uses climate mitigation as impetus and reason for better ocean protection. “Defending the climate defender” (Cool Growth)
Marine CoLABoration is a true global collaboration that shares and supports existing and novel solutions. We provide a connection of ideas and innovations from local to global using established and new partnerships. (Imagine)…