Guiding Systemic Change: A cross-case analysis of ‘transition labs’ in Canada and Sweden
Konferensbidrag (offentliggjort, men ej förlagsutgivet), 2018
Agenda 2030 presents a global ambition to transform our world into sustainability. In this study we seek to advance knowledge on how sustainable systemic change can be guided in practice, and how the keywords of Agenda 2030 can provide value in such work. We argue that the conception of sustainability and desire for positive change may form strong coalitions and motivators for realizing transitions challenging the status quo. This study seeks to make a practical contribution into some of the methodologies, processes, tools and techniques that may be useful in guiding systemic change: with an emphasis on backcasting and a multi-level model for transitions. The study is exploratory in its approach, building on a description, comparison and cross-case analysis of two lab methodologies and insights from their application in concrete cases: the Energy Futures Lab in Alberta, Canada and the Challenge Lab in West Sweden. The analysis is guided by a novel analytical framework operationalizing keywords of Agenda 2030 to shed light on how sustainability transition processes (including transition labs) may contribute to sustainability transitions. The framework itself, and the explorative comparison and analysis pose some questions that may inspire further development of transition lab methodologies to have a transformative impact across systems.