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Commentary/The science and art of wayfinding

A new tool for resilience assessment is inspired by the Polynesian seafarers’ approach to navigation. Wayfinder will build on insights from science and practice to enable planners and practitioners to understand and enhance resilience.

WRITTEN BY Linn Järnberg
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Opinion/Big donor agencies need to change. Here’s why

Despite the real improvements made in tackling extreme poverty, big development gaps persist. These reflect problems of equity, quality of services, and how to manage crises, emergencies, and complexity – and require new responses to achieve long-lasting change.

WRITTEN BY Leni Wild
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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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Feature/Keystone seafood companies set to change course for sustainable oceans

What happens when global sustainability researchers invite chief executives of major seafood companies to discuss the future of the oceans? A sea change in attitudes. We trace the long road to the Soneva Dialogue and preview the next steps.

WRITTEN BY Naomi Lubick
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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/Seeking resilience in Niger

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