Operating in Complexity: Mapping the Landscape of Adaptive Practice

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FHI 360

1825 Connecticut Avenue Northwest

#2

Washington, DC 20009

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Increasingly, government, civil society and social enterprise organizations are realizing the need to implement more systemic solutions to intractable, interrelated and complex problems. There has also been a parallel rise of interest in iterative, adaptive approaches to program design, implementation and evaluation in the social change and international development sector.

Recognizing the significant gap between theory and practice, a group of practitioners, consultants and academics came together earlier this year to form “Complexity&Praxis”, a Community of Practice to collectively learn, share experiences and build knowledge together in the realm of complexity-aware, systemic and adaptive practice. This is a highly undefined area of practice, however, possibly encompassing a wide variety approaches (systems thinking, design-thinking, adaptive learning, lean, agile management) which share many similarities including a common focus on learning and experimentation.

To better understand the landscape of actors advancing knowledge and practice in this realm; the theoretical foundations; and how they are connected, Complexity&Praxis has organized an interactive event to inform planning for this growing Community. The event will include an introduction to the Complexity&Praxis community followed by a discussion and participatory mapping activity. We welcome interested prospective members and anyone wishing to contribute to and learn more about this exciting area of practice.

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3pm: Introduction and Discussion

3:40: Participatory Mapping Activity

4:40 Putting it all Together: Insights and Observations

5:10 Conclusion and Next Steps

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FHI 360

1825 Connecticut Avenue Northwest

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Washington, DC 20009

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