Spaces and mechanisms for planning, flexibility and adaptation

trans-generational approach favors sustainable change and creates conditions for dependency to be reduced. Initiatives must also guarantee physical and temporal mechanisms and spaces to:

1. Reflect upon what that approach means for the initiative and its social objective, what has been done to achieve it, and what still needs to be worked out.

Within these spaces initiatives can identify, study and plan how to deal with anything standing in the way of their objectives; to systematize and evaluate their efforts; or to adjust their schemes of action as to remain relevant and consistent with their core aims.

2. Evaluate the feasibility of new ideas in a cost-effective and risk-free way.

Initiatives are more feasible if they devote time to working with communities to design ways to ensure innovation, flexibility, and adaptation at different stages of the initiatives – from design to implementation.

Strategy versus inflexible pre-made recipes. Mechanisms that ensure that new ideas are given a chance and that chosen actions are re-evaluated and transformed when needed, so that global needs and interests can be balanced with the local ones and unplanned events can be sorted out without neglecting from the initiatives’ core objectives.

Related strategies at:

♣ Spaces and mechanisms for planning, flexibility and adaptation

♣ Planning spaces

See also:

Trans-generational approach

Mapping and planning inherent sources of sustainability, capabilities and corrosive disadvantages

Participatory mapping


Assuring plural relevance

Adaptation, analysis and innovation units

Preventive measures

Structures and techniques for local participation, organization and negotiation

Feedback mechanisms

Pilot projects