Identifying and responding to identified challenges and emerging conflicts to ensure impact

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Identifying and responding to identified challenges and emerging conflicts to ensure impact

Challenges and emerging conflicts can be hard to navigate, but what if they can be transformed into valuable sources of knowledge that benefit the project implementation phase?

The TeRRItoria project is now at the start of its implementation phase, and as we look towards the implementation of the Transformative Experiments in the five participating territories, we also see how the co-design phase has provided a better starting point for the upcoming implementation period by engaging the relevant stakeholders.

In this blogpost, we will present the perspective that coming across disagreement and emerging conflicts in the co-design phase is valuable knowledge in order to support the work in the implementation phase.

  • Through involvement of and dialogue with key stakeholders and citizens in the co-creation of the final design and plan for how the five territories will adopt and implement Territorial RRI in their R&I ecosystem, the chance of impact is heightened as understanding and ownership between stakeholders has been established during the co-design phase.
  • Through the dialogue and co-creation, the territories had a unique opportunity to gain an understanding of where the balance for agreement and disagreement with stakeholders may lie and where new room for opportunity and impact lies which can be used to navigate the implementation in a fruitful and collaborative manner.
  • Through the lens of identified challenges and emerging conflicts, stakeholder engagement is also a way to gain an overview of where stakeholders are positioned and which unique incentives may drive each stakeholder towards supporting a successful project implementation.   

The experiences gathered in the co-design phase create an overview and understanding of which parts of the implementation may need more preparation, attention, and reflection. For example, different ways of approaching the same theme or stakeholder, or assessing if the focus needs adjustment, to ensure the successful implementation of the Transformative Experiment.

The TeRRItoria partners have actively used the engagement and identification of challenges and emerging conflicts to adjust and re-address the focus of their design and plan for the Transformative Experiments with implementing Territorial RRI in their R&I ecosystem.

Article written by Julia Miljevic Jakobsen – DBT

Julia Miljevic Jakobsen is Senior Project Manager at the Danish Board of Technology

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