We partner with you to help you build up your own capacity to design and innovate for effective change. We use complexity-aware approaches to help you better capture emergent opportunities, trends, and changes related to your project, initiative or program. We use design thinking to help you better problem solve, become user-centered, develop and test prototypes and ultimately develop new solutions. We help you develop the learning systems necessary to improve and adjust your projects and other efforts.

We use visual methods to capture and map processes, stakeholders, and influences related to your situation of concern. We focus on adaptive approaches to strategy, planning, design and evaluation to help you better address the dynamic and often complex interplay of relationships, influences and uncertainty which is often present in social and environmental change processes.

Our approach complements traditional approaches to planning, project design, monitoring and evaluation, but draws from systems thinking and human-centered design. Our approach helps build increased situational awareness allowing you to better identify patterns and leverage points for systemic change.

Facilitation & Knowledge Brokering

As a knowledge broker, we link different sectors and diverse stakeholders to develop relationships and networks.

  • We facilitate collaboration and knowledge exchange across a diverse range of perspectives.
  • We help organizations implement learning systems and processes to better capture emerging trends, and opportunities and to facilitate adaptive management approaches.
  • We help incorporate multiple sources of information among users and producers of knowledge to better inform decision-making processes, policy and practice.
  • We help forge new connections across knowledge domains , enable joint knowledge production and improve the innovative capabilities of organizations and change agents.
  • We help build a shared understanding of an issue or situation of concern to better inform change processes.
  • Design, Planning & Evaluation

    We focus on adaptive approaches to strategy and planning, managing and evaluation to help organizations and change agents better address the dynamic and often complex interplay of relationships, influences and uncertainty which is often present in social and environmental change processes.

    We offer a complexity-aware approach which complements traditional approaches to planning, monitoring and evaluation drawing from systems and complexity theory. This approach helps build increased situational awareness allowing you to better identify patterns and leverage points for systemic change.

    Training & Capacity Building

    We develop and offer workshops tailored to a range of audiences and participants which aim to develop capacity in systemic thinking and dealing with complexity.

    Through our consulting services, we customize our approach to each organization's unique operating environment to help organizations build and sustain adaptive capacity. This generally involves some or all of the following:

  • Develop an awareness and better understanding of your external environment and all its dynamics, complexities and interdependencies;
  • Regularly monitor, assess and respond to internal as well as external changes;
  • Instituting a system for learning and accessing knowledge and information on a continual and iterative basis;
  • Regularly assess and evaluate your organizational and programmatic operations and use this data plan or modify future activities;
  • Greater engagement with other people, organizations and networks;
  • Developing flexible operating systems; and most importantly
  • Foster INNOVATION