Systems approaches for urban needs

This solution addresses lack of systems approaches in internationally for general population

Problem Description

"As human populations become more and more urban, decision-makers at all levels face new challenges related to both the scale of service provision and the increasing complexity of cities and the networks that connect them. These challenges may take on unique aspects in cities with different cultures, political and institutional frameworks, and at different levels of development, but they frequently have in common an origin in the interaction of human and environmental systems and the feedback relationships that govern their dynamic evolution. Accordingly, systems approaches are becoming recognized as critical to understanding and addressing such complex problems, including those related to human health and wellbeing." Quote from: https://ehjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12940-016-0107-2

Building Blocks

Story

"The approach seeks to summarize links between water and health in cities and outline four main elements of systems approaches: analytic methods to deal with complexity, interdisciplinarity, transdisciplinarity, and multi-scale thinking."
Quote from: https://ehjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12940-016-0107-2

Resources

Contributed By

  • L.C. Rietveld, TU Delft

Solution Stage

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STAGE SPECIALIST SKILLS REQUIRED EXAMPLE ACTIVITIES RISK LEVEL AND HANDLING FINANCE REQUIRED KINDS OF EVIDENCE GENERATED GOAL
Generating ideas2
Ideation and facilitation of creative thinking
  • Creativity methods
  • Design tools
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Open innovation
  • Awards and rewards
  • Challenge prizes
  • High failure rate should be an explicit expectation
  • Visible senior leadership essential
HIGH
  • Usually grants, occassionally convertible
LOW
A clear account of change or likely causation, supported – but not overly constrained – by evidence
An idea or set of ideas to develop and test
Activity