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Gaining Systemic Insight to Strengthen Economic Development Initiatives

Gaining Systemic Insight to Strengthen Economic Development Initiatives

Summary

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.



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