Reflections to apply system thinking tools responsibly through time/space

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This Open Learning Series session took place on 20 February 2024. You can watch the recording by clicking on the video below.

TIPC’s Open Learning Series brings together the TIP knowledge community for practical insights, shared learning and enquiry. We warmly welcome diverse perspectives from people around the world working on transformative change. This session 
has been timed to support engagement with researchers, funders and policy practitioners in the Americas. It will be in English and an interactive session, so please ensure you are able to participate with cameras on.

This session will share the use of systems thinking methodologies developed by the Transformative Innovative Policy Consortium – particularly the MOTION Transformative Theory of Change Tool, a co-creation exercise that can be used to collectively reflect upon how an initiative can contribute to systems transformation.

Contributors Eva Valencia and Adriana Elera will demonstrate the tool’s application in crafting or refining strategies for systemic change in projects, programs and organisations. Emphasis will be placed on use within the Latin American context, highlighting the challenges faced and the innovative solutions employed in overcoming them.

Additionally, the session will offer insights into customising tools to better align with local resources and the specific needs of participants’ projects or organisations.

Objectifs d'apprentissage

Participants joining the session will:

• Acquire an understanding of the MOTION Transformative Theory of Change tool, with a focus on its practical application within the Latin American context.

• Explore real-world challenges encountered during the tool’s application, alongside strategies for overcoming them.

• Learn about tailoring tools and obtain hands-on experience in customising these methodologies during an interactive workshop session.


The session will be delivered by the following contributors, in partnership with AIT – Austrian Institute for Technology:

Eva Valencia is the co-founder of Tricolor Coalition and is currently working as Scaling Coordinator in the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT). She is also part of the Réseau d'entraîneurs pour le Laboratoire de ressources TIP. With an undergraduate degree in Law from the National Autonomous University of Mexico and MSc in Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management, Eva is interested in understanding how systems thinking theories frameworks and methodologies can be put into use for sustainability practice. She aims to support and develop science-based approaches that can inform stakeholders to take better, actionable decisions to promote transitions, particularly in the water and food sectors.

Adriana Elera is a sustainability specialist. She is the leader of the ‘Coalición Tricolor’ consulting team, focused on applying systemic thinking and transitions tools for sustainability transformations in Mexico City. Adriana currently works at the Bezos Earth Fund in the Energy Innovation team, where she works on projects to accelerate the energy transition. She has a Master’s degree in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford, UK, and experience of urban planning, sustainable transitions in energy and transportation, inclusive governance processes, and implementation of climate commitments within the framework of the Paris Agreement. Adriana has been part of the Women for Climate program of the C40 Cities, where she developed a project to involve girls and adolescents in climate action by creating spaces for dialogue. She is passionate about exploring new development paradigms that generate prosperity for people and the planet.

Matias Ramírez is a Reader in Science, Technology, Innovation at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex Business School. He is Principal Investigator for TIPC at SPRU, Co-Director as part of the Consortium’s Management Group, and coordinates the work of TIPC in Latin America. In 2020, he helped to create the Latin America Hub, involving organisations from countries including Colombia, Chile and Mexico. Much of his current research activity is related to transformative innovation policy in Latin America, including studies of social movements, SDG indicators for transformative change and spatial dimensions of transitions.

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