Resilience dialogue at Politforum Thun, CH

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Together with my good friend and scientific collaborator Dr. Romano Wyss, we had the opportunity to speak about the concept of resilience and how a rich, systemic understanding has shown and proven to be very helpful for steering and transforming social-ecological systems, such as communities and cities, towards desired visions – of more just, safe, and even regenerative futures.

The audience comprised about 500 local and regional politicians, mostly from the central-western part of Switzerland around the canton of Bern and the city of Thun at the annual Politforum Thun.

Romano and I chose a dialogue format with only very few explanatory graphics as visual support. It’s been fun to exchange with Romano on our joint research on the adaptive waves concept, and also to expand on alpine-urban circularities, and cross-scale governance.

From both our work in praxis, through design consulting and real-world lab experimentation, we spiced up the science with praxis, what works and how it can be done. Very fun, and now we hope to connect with a couple of first movers to engage in some further resilience work with a transformative output in complexity.

These are the slides of the dialogue speech: