Promoting Inclusive Markets and Financial Systems
Mesopartner is a knowledge firm that specialises in territorial development, competitiveness and innovation. As a development consultancy, Mesopartner is known for pragmatic development instruments and concepts. Since 2010 Mesopartner has been assessing its own methods, tools and concepts based on insights from systems theories and complexity theories. Learn more about this process at http://systemic-insight.com.
About the Interviewer
Marcus is Swiss and has been working in international development for more than seven years. He started his own consultancy in 2011. It is his goal to bring systemic approaches based on complexity theory and systems thinking principles to international development. He wants to contribute to the development of healthy systems, where poverty reduction is part of economy and society.
Gaining Systemic Insight to Strengthen Economic Development Initiatives
For the last 3 years Mesopartner has been purposefully experimenting with complexity and systems theories in our practice. Not only did it change its company logo and strapline based on new learning, it started to dismantle and question almost every aspect of its instruments, tools and theories. This was a steep learning curve for the company and for the key customers who agreed to embark on these serendipitous journeys together. While Mesopartner still believes in bottom up development, it wonders how to achieve developmental change within the typical timelines and resource constraints that development projects often face.
This working paper provides a theoretical grounding for the work Mesopartner has done in the last three years and will continue to do. It considers some definitions, ponders the implications and tries to formulate some responses to some of the key challenges that systems and complexity theories that confront the field of bottom up economic development.
Mesopartner sees this paper as an input into a broader discussion with its close collaborators, close clients, and its broader network. Please share comments and thoughts on the paper on Systemic-Insight.com.