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Breaking through: how corporate social innovation creates business opportunity

This report looks at the positive power of business to drive the innovation needed to solve the growing social and environmental challenges facing our planet. 

The goal of this report is to help Canadian business leaders consider corporate social innovation (CSI) as a powerful opportunity to concurrently drive social impact and growth. 

From best practice to best fit: understanding and navigating wicked problems in international development

Authors: Ramalingam, B., Laric,M. & Primrose, J.
Publication date: 2014

This Working Paper summarises the findings of a series of small-scale pilots of selected complex systems methods in DFID’s wealth creation work. The pilots contributed to improved analysis and understanding of a range of wicked problems, and generated tangible findings that were directly utilised in corporate and programmatic decisions. 

Dynamic systems and the challenge of sustainability

Author: Scoones, I. et alii. (for STEPS Centre)
Publication date: 2007

Dynamism, uncertainty and complexity dominate today’s world. Yet many policy interventions ignore this, and so often fail. What is missing is a rigorous and systematic approach to addressing dynamics, one that encompasses an understanding of complex system dynamics and provides a useable guide to action. This paper is a first attempt by the STEPS Centre to address this challenge.

ODI Strategic plan 2014-2017

The ODI strategic plan sets out the five main areas in which ODI will seek to make a difference, from the 'global to the local', in the coming three years. This document briefly introduces the strategic priorities and change directions.

The five strategic priorities in the plan are:

  • Eradicating absolute poverty and equalising opportunity
  • Promoting effective action on climate change and managing resources sustainably
  • Protecting people threatened by conflict, disasters and insecurity
  • Building accountable and inclusive institutions
  • Increasing productivity and creating jobs through transformative growth

Negotiation-support toolkit for learning landscapes

Author: Noordwijk, M.v. et alii. (for the World Agroforestry Centre)
Publication date: 2013

In landscapes around the world, active learning takes place with experiments that involve changes in technology, farming systems, value chains, livelihoods’ strategies and institutions. An overarching hypothesis that is being tested in this publication is:

Pathways to Collaborative Action: Transforming agricultural, land and food systems

Authors: McKenzie, F.
Publicateion date: 2013

This Ecoagriculture Discussion Paper explores the possibilities of taking cross-sectoral collaborative action to break away from business-as-usual. It shows how the complexity of the sustainability challenges makes cross-sectoral collaboration so essential. It highlights how complex non-linear linkages exist between food, agricultural, and land systems. It argues that if we are to effectively operate in this nexus, then we need to seriously reconsider the way we work together.

Awakening Faith in an Alternative Future. A Consideration of Present: Human Purpose and the Field of the Future

Author(s): Senge, P.M., Scharmer, C.O.,  Jaworski, J., & Flowers, B.S. (in The SoL Journal on Knowledge, Learning, and Change)
Publication Date: 2004