Development challenges are environments rather than isolated problems. Every action seems to dislodge stones in a precarious terrain–ecologically, politically, culturally, technologically–because we increasingly confront complex and dynamic problem environments. These environments are socio-technological in nature, and they move through multiple scales from the individual, to communities and organizations, to societies. They are often characterized as ‘wicked’ problems. Having agency in these environments calls for new tool sets, ones that scaffold insight and action across many entangled dimensions: many disciplines, many professions, many publics, and many lived experiences. It calls for a new practice that designs for emergence rather than fixed ends, and steers change in what Ann Pendleton-Jullian characterizes as a WhiteWater World.
For those on campus, please join us prior to this talk for a coffee reception. The reception will start at 8:30 a.m. in the Downes Concourse in Corbett Family Hall.
This talk is part of the Keough School's Dignity and Development Forum, which will include thought-provoking talks from prominent world leaders, investigations of important proposals by scholars and practitioners, and much more.
The Notre Dame campus community is invited to attend in person, and no registration is required.
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