Enabling communities to track transformative change – MOTION project-

This project brings together the organisations where I have been developing my competences over the last 15 years. University of Sussex, INGENIO, Utrecht University and EIT Climate-KIC. It brings together efforts of scientific and practitioners to build a Methodology and Community of Practice for Catalyzing Transformative Change through System Innovation.

Started in 2019, this project has contributed with other three partner projects (ACT on NBS, SATURN and SuSmo) by including monitoring, evaluation and learning component as part of their portfolio of services while producing practice-based knowledge aim at support demand-driven technical assistance related services for monitoring and learning for cities and regions. I have had multiple roles in this project over time, from sponsor to researcher, facilitator, strategic advisor and sheriff!

MOTION is a collaboration between TIPC and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology Knowledge and Innovation Community (EIT Climate-KIC).

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Challenge-led system mapping Handbook

This handbook crystallises more than 3 years working in more than 40 initiatives implemented in 18 countries. Experts, stakeholders, community, business, and policy makes have joined forces to better understand their systems and explore opportunities for transformative innovation. 

The Challenge-led system mapping approach responds to the need to improve the practitioner’s capacity to move towards transformational system change by providing mechanisms by which to work more horizontally with challenge owners and other actors. 

The approach highlights knowledge management as a good practice for analysis and communication responds to the increasing need to co-produce actionable knowledge and make it accessible for practitioners through participatory methods.

The visual narrative of the handbook contained in 106 pages with 55 pedagogic figures illustrate the commitment to better understand what we do, to harvest what we learn and to share our insight with the community.

Link to Handbook

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Visual toolbox for system innovation

System innovation and Climate Change addresses practitioners’ demand of adaptable and flexible tools easy to transfer to their challenges and problems.

Practitioners are targeted as users of practice-base knowledge who carry on activities in SMEs, applied research, NGOs as well as local and regional governments.

The learning approach is based in modular elements and blended format which, in practice, facilitates more horizontal interactions to work on challenges related to problem owner’s competences.

Active blended means that practice-based knowledge is introduced by the application of tools on the users’ cases as part of a problem-solving process. The tools are introduced by practitioner-oriented explanations through a multi-format learning platform.

The Visual toolbox booklet

“Visual toolbox for system innovation” is a booklet-format collection of ready-to-implement tools to structure and manage the challenges and exploit opportunities of sustainability innovations and transitions.

The tools are presented in a simple and visual approach with the purpose of supporting practitioners’ every-day work on climate change, transition and system innovation.

Download the Visual toolbox here

De Vicente Lopez, Javier and Matti, Cristian (2016). Visual toolbox for system innovation. A resource book for practitioners to map, analyse and facilitate sustainability transitions. Transition Hub Series. EIT Climate KIC, Brussels 2016. ISBN 978-2-9601874-1-0

The eLearning material

Multimedia eLearning nuggets has been developed as part of the blended approach. they are aimed to contribute to the design and implementation of trainings and capacity building process.

Access to the EIT Climate KIC eLearning portal: System Innovation 

Academic presentations

  • European Conference on Education 2016 (UK)

  • Future of Education conference 2017 (Italy)

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Webinar Transformative territorial policy as a response to Grand Challenges and the European Green Deal

I have joined h Prof. Dominique Foray to explore the potential of systemic portfolios of projects for fostering transformative change in southern and central eastern European countries. By doing so, we combine concepts such as smart specialization, system innovation, regional development and mapping techniques to brings some insights on how practitioners can move forward to design and implement transformative territorial policy.

Circular Cities project

In this project I have supported several partners to develop good practices for achieving more and better dialogue between systemic actors to establish a collaborative multi-stakeholder arena in the utilities sector starting with a demand-led approach, working with city authorities, regional bodies, governments, and industry leaders committed to transitioning to the circular economy.

The Circular Cities project has helps multiple actors to identify the effects, both positive and negative, of incorporating circularity into urban planning instruments, as well as how these can be assessed. The outcomes are meant to help policymakers, investors, businesses, consumers and civil society to find the most promising transition pathways.
We have gathered the lesson learn in a visual document and a dashboard of knowledge visualisations.

EEA Report Sustainability transitions: policy and practice

I was invited to contribute to the discussion on science-policy-practice interface with a group of experts on sustainability transitions and EU Policy as part of the work of the European Environmental Agency.

The result is a report aimed to go beyond theoretical discussions to explore the practical implications of transitions research for policy and practice, building on the insights from past assessments. It highlights the growing links to established EU policy frameworks and identifies how transitions thinking is being operationalised at different scales across Europe. Co-authored by leading experts in transitions studies, the report has also benefited strongly from interactions with EEA partners in multiple policy areas at a workshop co-hosted with the European Commission’s European Political Strategy Centre in July 2018.

Link to the report

Webinar Knowledge management as a service for science-policy-practice interface

The webinar will cover methodological elements and practical applications of knowledge management as part of actions supporting policymakers in system mapping and policy co-design processes. In doing so, this webinar seeks to highlight applications and synergies with monitoring, evaluation and learning activities. The webinar will illustrate the broad context of policy mix and EU Framework, the case of Transitions Hub as a policy lab managing knowledge management processes as well as related examples on system mapping and policy co-design processes. This material is based in the Handbook Challenge-led system mapping, a knowledge management approach.

Multi-stakeholder mapping of Industrial simbiosis opportunities

I have supported the H2020 SCALER by bringing methods for multi-stakeholder dialogue on innovation opportunities in industrial symbiosis. Knowledge visualisation here has been a key for making the actionable knowledge accessible.

The project provides mechanisms to accelerate the journey towards efficient and quick implementation of industrial symbiosis in the European process industry. We do this by developing action plans and adapted solutions to industrial stakeholders and communities.

Facilitating Joint Programming on Circular Economy

I have joined the H2020 CICERONE to contribute on the process of Joint Programming in R&I on Circular Economy. The project brings together countries, regions and cities committed to delivering circular economy research & innovation programmes in a joint and systemic way, via a new platform to that will increase knowledge sharing, networking, collaboration, and co-creation.

My contribution has mostly focus on process of co-design and developing and strategic capacity building agenda for policy makes addressing the challenging of joint programming as a multilevel, cross-sectoral and multi stakeholder policy process.

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