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Commentary/Designers build a “Cloudfactory” to rethink design for resilience

Design thinking shares similar characteristics to resilience thinking. The Massive Small Collective reflects on the Cloudfactory’s focus on process rather than product as an example of doing “social design” and development differently, in a community in northern Hungary.

WRITTEN BY Lauren Hermanus & Andrew Campbell
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Commentary/Rethinking development aid to avoid traps

Researchers have put together new puzzle pieces in the poverty traps framework, in order to find ways to look at different possible solutions for development. Adding nature and culture, they find, changes everything.

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Commentary/Biomimicry builds urban possibilities in South Africa

The gardens and “living gutters” of Langrug are more than just a stopgap, delivering basic services to manage waste and treat grey water in an informal settlement in South Africa. The Massive Small Collective assesses a small-scale, nature-inspired project that has impacts beyond its boundaries.

WRITTEN BY Lauren Hermanus & Andrew Campbell
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Commentary/Shifting contexts in the Sahel

Farmers in Burkina Faso rely on whole village landscapes for their livelihoods. Their reliance on that multifunctional patchwork is adjusting as they face changes in rainfall patterns, in young people’s aspirations, and in local markets.

WRITTEN BY Hanna Sinare
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Commentary/Seeking resilience in Niger

How one team learned to change its traditional views on development through understanding complex systems in Niger.