Bouncing Beyond to Next Economies

A two-year project to dramatically advance economic transformation is taking off.  This follows five months of work to put together a plan of action and a modest financial commitment to the $5 million project.  The initiative is called Bounce Beyond, to emphasize the need and ability to shift economic paradigms rather than “bounce back” to the pre-Covid paradigm.  The plan is described in one-page; in a concept note; and in a full proposal.  

Bounce Beyond brings together leading examples of “next economies” and transformational prowess in response to an unprecedented combination of crises. The economic system is seen as critical to address all these crises;  as well, Bounce Beyond sees the growing economic failure and importance of responding to people’s need for livelihood support, as providing energy to push forward economic transformation.

A growing number of initiatives are pursuing economic change and creating a robust, if somewhat confusing, transformations system for economic change. They are often associated with particular approaches and labels, such as donut economics, thrivability, common good economies, and regenerative economies.A paper published in September by Bounce Beyond team member, Sandra Waddock, looks across these frameworks and identifies six values that distinguish next economies.

  1. Stewardship of the Whole
  2. Co-creating Collective Value
  3. Governance through Cosmopolitan-Localism
  4. Regeneration, Reciprocity, Circularity
  5. Relationships and Connectedness

Distinctive Bounce Beyond Qualities

Six qualities,individually and collectively, make Bounce Beyond unique from any initiative it designers have seen in the new/next economies arena.

 

[1] Waddock, Sandra. 2020. “Reframing and Transforming Economics around Life.” Sustainability Sept. 14.

1. A Focus on “Next Economies’ Transformations Systems”

Bounce Beyond is bringing together those who are already working on transformation to next economies with diverse approaches;  these are typically groups of organizations formed around particular geographies (bio-regions, political jurisdictions) and/or sectors (e.g.: food, finance).  This contrasts to economic change approaches focused on mobilizing people or organizations.  The next economies’ transformations systems, called Collaborating Next Economies Communities in Transformation (CoNECTs), are the core unit of organizing for Bounce Beyond.  The concept of transformations systems transcends and incorporates systems dealing with “movements” and “networks” to provide a powerful action framework.

2. A Focus on “Next Economies”

Bounce Beyond is connecting and further developing systems of next economies and their required infrastructure of products, processes, stories, organizations, and relationships. This infrastructure includes currencies, governance models, cultures, markets, and products.  

3. Creating pathways to cross the chasm to next economies

The pathways will transition the emerging next economies into the mainstream. The specificity of the goal of crossing the innovation adoption curve chasm provides a crystal-clear strategic focus.  

4. Design by a team with deep transformation experience and knowledge

This design-driven proposal reflects the work of over a dozen leading transformations agents with over three hundred combined years of experience in transformation and next economies.

6. Strategic Partnerships

There is a growing number of strategic partnerships where Bounce Beyond’s and the partners’ activities, as a form of deep collaboration.  These partners have specific roles in the transformations system for next economies.  They include a research partnership with the Global Assessment for New Economics, a communications partnership with Humanity Rising and partnership Catalyst2030nd its global social entrepreneur change network.

Next Steps

The Bounce Beyond team has commitment of $50,000 – $70,000 that will provide for activities that can advance its plans and make more apparent to other investors the full potential.  Two key actions are being planned.

Initiating with Three Exemplars

Discussions are underway with potential CoNECTs that the team is already well connected to.  The goal is for a diversity, and initial discussion are with: 

  • a bio-regional approach with the Gulf of Maine
  • a national political jurisdiction approach with Costa Rica; and
  • a global industry approach with seafood.

Possible activities to carry out over three months could include:

  1. Designing an evaluation/learning system;
  2. Undertaking a three horizons process;
  3. Some type of mapping;
  4. Providing a virtual community platform;
  5. Research on “new economies infrastructure; and
  6. Developing deep collaboration relationship agreements.

A Call for Self-Nomination

Bounce Beyond focuses on working with eight to twelve lead CoNECTs over two years.  It also aims to connect a larger community of those working on next economies.  To realize these goals, a public call will be made through various networks for others to nominate themselves as Lead CoNECTs with affiliated Learning Partners  From the responses, the Leads will be identified, and others will be invited to participate in various activities and communities of practice organized around advancing the Lead CoNECTs. 

Transformations Systems Analysis Working Group Launch

Since its launch on April 22, 2020 (50th Anniversary of Earth Day) significant progress has been made with the Transformations Systems Mapping and Analysis Working Group (TSM&A). Our mission is to build the field of transformation systems mapping and analysis to better see, connect and accelerate transformative change on planet Earth to contribute to a new social & ecological enlightenment. 

Figure 1Interactive Social Systems Map of Working Group Members

Currently we have over 140 active participants from 26 countries with 12 active workstreams – each convened by a World-class “field-builder” an supported by an amazing cohort of Fellows from 8-different countries who represent the future of this work. This growing global network includes mapping and analysis software developers, cultural anthropologists, historians, restoration ecologists, government officials, tribal and indigenous leaders, academics, next generation social change leaders, innovators in mindfulness and conscious social change, systems change trailblazers, action learning and community centered design specialists, early adopters in transforming finance and investment, and philanthropies.  

 

Here’s a story map of the TSM&Ato learn more and consider how joining this emerging network can contribute to your transformative journey.  Here’s a story map of one of the Workstreams that is place-based focused on how to better see, connect and accelerate transformational change in the Gulf of Maine, one of the most rapidly warming systems on the planet. Workstream: Mapping Who’s Involved in Transformations Systems Mapping & Analysis around the globe – where are they working and what are they doing? Members of this Workstream will also conduct a detailed review of systems mapping software technologies – when they are most appropriate to use – and promising examples of integration across technologies to advance application of multiple methods of mapping, big data, visualization to understand transformation dynamics through case and use examples. The members will likely generate a mapping product that allows us to better see the “ecosystem” of people involved in this field as well as the software and potential for innovation

  • Convener: Scott David, Innovation Director at Shapeable, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Fellow: Juliana Bohórquez Pinzón, Founder SysLab Bogotá, Columbia

Workstream: Academic Pathways and Careers. Members of this Workstream will examine and document pathways to professions in Transformations Systems Mapping & Analysis including a listing and detailed description of relevant undergraduate graduate degree programs at Universities across the globe and career opportunities in this emerging field. We fully expect this Workstream to illustrate patterns including areas of strength to build upon as well as gaps to pay attention to for the development of this emerging field.

  • Convener: David Takahashi, organizer of the Denver/Boulder Regenerative Hub, USA
  • Fellow: Mauricio Oporto, Restoration Ecologist, Sacred Valley, Peru

Workstream: Transformations Systems Mapping Tool Kit. Members of this Workstream will be focusing on the development of a tool-kit as an introduction to Transformations Systems Mapping & Analysis that would have products such as a glossary of terms, description of the practice and examples. There will likely be a detailed listing of global data bases that already exist and that have been integrated in some way to be useful for decision making (i.e En-ROADS Climate interactive, Sea Around Us, Global Fishing Watch) as well as other examples of and concepts for integrating gaming as part of the strategy to better see, connect and accelerate large scale systems change.

  • Convener: Kirk Bergstrom, President WorldLink and Gurpreet Singh, Skoll Foundation California, USA
  • Fellow: Dylan O’Neil, Systems Mapper & Graduate Student, UC Boulder, Colorado, USA

Workstream: Theory and Knowledge-base. This Workstream will be focused on developing and mapping a detailed interdisciplinary theory and actionable, mixed practitioner/research knowledge-base of “Just Transitions” and how that can inform the developing field of Transformations Systems Mapping & Analysis. This will likely include the development of a cross-discipline, conceptual forming annotated academic and grey literature, as well as other, practitioner-derived published material that covers the evolution of the field (i.e. cases, literature, methods, principles, land-based decolonial approaches)

  • Convener: Katharine McGowan, Assistant Professor, Social Innovation Mount Royal University, Calgary, Canada
  • Fellow: Sam Matey, Anthropocene Analyst/Intern SustainaMetrix Gorham Maine, USA

Workstream: Mapping the Inner Dimensions. Members of this Workstream will explore personal transformation such as the psycho-cultural transformations in the Anthropocene and the exploring the implications of embodied cognitive science for systems transformation. This Workstream recognizes that profound transformation in all human systems is required to achieve climate stability at levels preventing catastrophic impacts on human and natural communities and will work on understanding how the emerging field of transformations systems mapping & analysis can be developed with this in mind.

  • Convener: Lee Eyre, Researcher in Transformation at the University of York, UK
  • Fellow: Katharina Braun, Windesheim University of Applied Sciences, Honours College, Zwolle, Netherlands

Workstream: South/South Exchanges. Members of this Workstream will develop transformations systems collaboratives between Latin America and Africa. There are an increasing number of strategic initiatives launched by countries of the South, such as Agenda 2063 of the African Union. South-South cooperation is at the very heart of these initiatives. They are promising, but can only deliver relevant results if they create transformational change across scales from local, regional, transboundary to global.  This Workstream will explore and map these types of interactions.

  • Convener: Tsitsi Maradze, Professional Consultant, Zimbabwe, Africa
  • Fellow: Melina Angel, Bimimicry Expert, Bogotá, Columbia

Workstream: Gulf of Maine Transformations Transect. This Workstream will focus on a place-based initiative that examines transformations systems across the vast watershed of the Gulf of Maine (one of the most rapidly warming bodies of water on the planet). Members will be developing the concept of a “Transformations Transect” that links rural and urban and more closely examine the “green shoots” of change that are emerging. This is now aligning with activities in many places around the world – such as Costa Rica and Scotland – but will remain the “skunkworks” or R&D site for the wider Transformations Systems Mapping & Analysis working group.  This Workstream (and wider WG) now has a physical location, a small office on Commercial Street in Portland, Maine as part of the New England Ocean Cluster.

  • Convener: Glenn Page, President, SustainaMetrix, Portland Maine, USA
  • Fellow: Sam Matey, Anthropocene Analyst/Intern SustainaMetrix Gorham Maine, USA

Workstream: Transformations Systems Scorecards. This Workstream will focus on the development of examples of integrated and holistic “measurement scorecards” that combine both qualitative and quantitative fields for tracking progress and learning in a transformations system. Examples include scorecards that explore process and outcomes of the analysis of governance response to ecosystem change.

Convener: Bill Baue, r3.0 Connecticut USA

Fellow: Hugo Araujo, Founder 7Vortex, Brussels, Belgium & Bogotá, Columbia.

Workstream: Unifying Framework. Members of this Workstream will focus on the development of a unifying framework that provides a foundational, systems-based integration of the SDGs and planetary conditions, as essential dimensions of one framework, and not separate elements.

  • Convener: Jim Ritchie Dunham, Institute for Strategic Clarity, Massachusetts, USA
  • Fellow: Adam Hejnowicz, Visiting Research Associate, Department of Biology, University of York; Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, UK

Workstream: Anatomy of a Crisis. Members of this Workstream will focus on the transformations systems associated with both crisis and opportunity. Mapping the anatomy of crisis includes response and opportunity – linked to work already underway in Anthropocene Mobilization – that is developing a research agenda around core questions associated with transformation systems mapping and analysis.

  • Convener: Per Olsson, Stockholm Resilience Center, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Fellow: Stephen Mejia, Stockholm Resilience Center, Sweden & Los Angeles CA, USA

Workstream: WG Integration, Inclusion, Generosity & Flow. Members of this Workstream will focus on the Working Group itself, serving an integration role, supporting the use of the principles, identifying resource needs, crafting the wider story, and ensuring our focus on diversity and inclusion in the process. For example, members will generate a social systems map of the WG itself and ensure that the WG map that will be a public facing and interactive map of the WG is useful to all 10 Workstreams, ensure the principles are serving the members and shape the story of the WG. Many control mythologies exist around mapping, often to maintain structures and systems that hinder our innate capacity to evolve new and more equitable ways of being and belonging. We invite you to be part of a team that creates the story of the WG in a way that builds new possibilities for change and engagement with a major focus on issues of inclusion and diversity and seeing systems of transformational change. This team will not actively participate in fundraising but will better understand the resource needs of each Workstream as well as the systems and social processes through which funding could be leveraged for the R&D that is required for field development.

  • Convener: Suzanne Bowles, Cattail Strategy, Senegal, Africa & Glenn Page, SustainaMetrix, Portland, Maine
  • Fellow: Sam Matey, Anthropocene Analyst/Intern SustainaMetrix Gorham, Maine & Katharina Braun, Windesheim University of Applied Sciences, Honours College, Zwolle, Netherlands

Glenn Page, Convener:  gpage@sustainametrix.com

Transforming Evaluations Steward Team Report

Activities include:

  • The Team is co-organizing with Wilton Park,IDEASand about 10 other partners (e.g. World Bank IEG, UNDP, GCF, CIF, IEAc, etc.) a series of high level Wilton Park-convened virtual meetings at transformation-evaluation-SD(G) policy intersection. The goal is to influence UNFCCC COP-26 & beyond. The process and financing are still under development, but the partners on board.

A first action in this cooperation focused on high level on-line panel at  international gLOCAL evaluation week organised by World Bank. This has led to a current series of consultations and evidence synthesis/meta-analyses that are anticipated to culminate witha face-to-face meeting at Wilton Park in the middle of 2021.

  • A draft map of the global evaluation architecture has been developed to support the Team’s strategic development and provide for others a clearer understanding of the complexity of actors and relationships.
  • The Transforming Evaluation ‘Geneva action network’ has submitteda Packard Foundation grant aimed at demonstrating issue-based implementation of Forum approach. It includes knowledge synthesis, connecting, demonstrating different approach to evaluation, while using state of the art approaches.
  • Three special articles on transforming evaluations have been developed for the Canadian Journal of Evaluation to be published first quarter 2021. Also, several other articles and chapters have been written by the Team.

– Zenda Ofir: zenda@zendaofir.com 

Transforming Narratives Steward Team Report

Activities include:

  • Simon Divecha has become a steward for the Narrative Stewardship team and co-leads a Formas grant proposal (Sweden), to create a network of narrative initiatives, with Giles Redding Thomson (BTH Sweden). Simon is connecting with other collaborators.The network and proposal includesBetter Nature, The University for the International, Goonj, African Climate Foundation, The Alternative UK, UTS Australia, WEAll and more. Simon also initiated a recent series of webinars on Strong Attractors drawing in a diversity of global energy
  • Chris Riedy is engaged in a number of narrative-related initiatives, including the FutureNow Project. He is creating a narratives and storytelling hub through the New Economy Network in Australia (similar to WEAll’s work). Chris has written a number of important papers and chapters on narrative, and doctoral student support for work on narrative issues. 
  • Sandra Waddock is still working with WEAll USA. She has published several papers this year related to transformation and narrative.  Particularly notable isReframing and Transforming Economics around Life. The article puts forward a set of new possible memes in the form of six values identified from review of a large number of new economies articles and initiatives.
  • Karen O’Brien continues to lead and champion a quantum leap forward. Most recently this is a book and set of collaborative narrative related webinars, You Matter More Than You Think.  She continues in a leadership role with cCHANGE, which focuses on to empowering individuals and groups to generate ethical and sustainable transformations.

Transforming Finance Steward Team Report

Call for Papers: Environmental Policy Design and Implementation: Toward Sustainable Society Focusing on Sub-Saharan Africa, the purpose of this Special Issue is to explore and advance our understanding of (a) the present state and effectiveness of local, national, and regional policies engaging with, and transforming, the climatological, environmental, social, and economic impacts and consequences of primary and secondary sector expansion and urbanization; and (b) how environmental policies might be designed and embedded into future regional economic and urban development planning to encourage coordination and coherence across sectors and policy domains to deliver sustainable transformations for meeting Agenda 2030 and the African Union Agenda 2063.   Although a concern with Sub-Saharan Africa is identified, broader Global South perspectives would also be acceptable.   Here’s the link to the Special Issue.