Transition science – science for fundamental change management
e.g. How does nature build capacity for continuous evolution?
Transition science is a new research field that studies patterns of human evolution and more specifically the interplay between humans and systems. Transition science looks for the leverage points for system change. The persistent problems we are facing today cannot be resolved with innovation-as-usual (eco-efficiency pathways) nor with traditional change management approaches (incremental change). What is needed is genuine system transformation – rethinking the way we organise our societies, our systems and our value systems. Even though transitions can not be managed in the old fashioned way of control and demand, they can be anticipated, influenced (giving direction) and accelerated. There are no ready-made solutions or blue prints. The key is to search, explore, rethink, unlearn, experiment, integrate, discover and invent alternative solutions. This is messy and chaotic. However, to break new ground, one has to leave the beaten track. Transition science brings together multiple approaches, such as systems thinking, foresight, social innovation and disruptive experimentation, in a powerful and structured way. Be inspired by transformative innovation – after all, new practices require new ways of thinking!