Title: Facilitating resilience in multiactor collaboration
Authors: Craps, Marc
Hovelynck, Johan
Sips, Koen
Issue Date: Jul-2012
Conference: Multiorganizational Partnerships, Alliances and Networks edition:19 location:Wageningen University date:2-4 July, 2012
Abstract: This track focuses on facilitating the development of resilience in collaborative systems and processes. Multi-actor collaboration has been proposed to counteract the challenges of an increasingly interdependent, complex and turbulent world. Under these circumstances, resilience becomes an important quality of collaboration. A resilient multiactor collaboration is able to cope adequately and flexibly with the variability and (political, financial, ecological, social) disturbance in its environment. Such collaboration is also supposed to contribute to the resilience of the broader social-ecological systems in which the collaboration is embedded. As a consequence resilient collaboration is not just about absorbing changes but also about the capability for self-organizing and (social) learning. Resilience is inherently related to diversity, including social and paradigmatic as well as biodiversity. Overlap and apparent redundancy are key to systems’ capacity to deal with change, whether that change is slow and inconspicuous or abrupt and prominent. Hence, collaborative systems benefit from cultivating and connecting different values, knowledge systems, identities and ways of engagement. This track explores questions related to strengthening the resilience of multi-actor collaboration from a facilitator perspective. By ‘facilitation’, we refer to interventions that focus on the interaction process between representatives of different social actors. Issues include: • How can resilience be built in the emergent collaborative process and how can facilitation contribute to it? • How do actors enact resilience related challenges in their mutual conversations and interactions? • How to nurture redundancy, social diversity and (time consuming) dialogue, in environments dominated by efficiency (quick, short term solutions), and unilateral control? • How to integrate collaborative initiatives in their socio-ecological context in such a way that they can contribute to its resilience? • How to reinforce the resilience of multiactor systems for reacting to abrupt changes, when quick decisions and measures have to be taken? • What can we learn from successful case studies of resilient multiactor initiatives? Bibliography: Berkes, F. and C. Folke (Eds.) 2000. Linking social and ecological systems. Management practices and social mechanisms for building resilience. Cambridge University Press. Brugnach, M., A. Dewulf, C. Pahl-Wostl, and T. Taillieu. 2008. Toward a relational concept of uncertainty: about knowing too little, knowing too differently, and accepting not to know. Ecology and Society 13(2): 30. [online] URL: Dewulf, A., Craps, M., Bouwen, R., Taillieu,T. and Pahl-Wostl, C. (2005). Integrated management of natural resources: dealing with ambiguous issues, multiple actors and diverging frames. Water, Science and Technology, 52, 115-124. Weick, K. (1995). Sense making in organizations. Thousand Oaks: Sage.
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IMa
Appears in Collections:Department of Materials Engineering - miscellaneous
Research Centre for Economics and Corporate Sustainability, Campus Brussels
Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) - miscellaneous

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