Being agents of change in a changing world: a social science perspective

As water professionals, we often encounter stakeholders with conflicting values. Leading by example, empathizing with the concerns of those we engage with, and communicating in ways that are relevant and easy to understand allows water managers to have the most influence in effecting change.

Addressing wastewater and non-revenue water challenges: insights from the American Samoa Power Authority

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]An interview with William Spitzenberg and Jason Jaskowiak from the American Samoa Power Authority. Will Spitzenberg and Jason Jaskowiak discuss non-revenue water losses, the old-leaking piped water system in the Pacific and building capacity to improve them, smart metering, wastewater treatment in the unique context of American Samoa, and the need for localised innovation to overcome […]

Strategic foresighting to address complex challenges

In his recent interview, Quentin Grafton spoke about how strategic foresight has been used to address challenges around food security. Strategic foresighting seems like a useful way to maximise face-to-face engagement to address wicked problems and complex, systemic challenges. This article looks more closely at what foresighting is, and how it can be applied. When unpacking […]

Change requires a crisis

A quote from Professor Quentin Grafton’s interview about the water-food-energy nexus and addressing wicked problems.

Addressing food and water security: the effectiveness of Conservation Agriculture-based Sustainable Intensification through the Sustainable and Resilient Farming Systems Initiative

By Simon Ross, IWCAN In an interview, Prof. Quentin Grafton, an economist from the Australian National University, referred to the Risks and Options Assessment for Decision-Making (ROAD) process used in the Eastern Gangetic Plains (EGP), which covers Bangladesh, India, and Nepal. The aim was to establish participatory processes for addressing food and water security in light […]

Resilient decision making: what it is and what value it can provide for global communities

In an interview, Professor Quentin Grafton discussed the importance of resiliency and resilient decision making. This article explores the concepts of resilience and resilient decision making, looking more closely at what they mean and how they can be applied at a community level. Resilient decision making addresses what can be done about problems, within stakeholders’ control, to […]

Incremental improvements

An insightful quote from Professor Quentin Grafton’s interview on the water-food-energy nexus and addressing wicked problems.

Professor Quentin Grafton interview: the water-food-energy nexus and addressing wicked problems

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]An interview with Professor Quentin Grafton, an economist from the Australian National University who works at the nexus between food, water, energy, and the environment. Quentin discusses the future of food and farming in light of the 2008/09 food crises; some networks and resources that may be used to engage with these problems; participatory planning processes, […]

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