Mission Holding at DM: The Case of Nature-based Solutions

This is the fifth in a series of DM notes, in which we write about insights from our work on the ground, following internal learning sessions called DM Downloads that are organized every two weeks or so. The aim is to make our practice more legible, for us as well as for you.

DM Note #5 is a reflection on how we build and organize missions internally, taking Nature-based Solutions as a case study.

Mission Oriented Innovation: An Introduction

One of the most interesting aspects about the mission to send a human to the moon and back launched by President John F. Kennedy was the…


Repenser nos responsabilités envers la nature grâce à l’intendance des terres

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Le droit vivant sur une planète vivante — préface de John Borrows

Nous devons redonner de la vigueur à nos relations avec la terre.

Sur la ferme où j’ai grandi, j’ai appris que nous dépendions du monde naturel. Le sol, les semences, l’enneigement, la pluie, la chaleur, les insectes, les oiseaux et une centaine d’autres éléments influaient sur la façon dont les plantes poussaient et les animaux se développaient, ainsi que sur notre mode de vie.

Les expériences et les enseignements de mes grands-parents sur la réserve n’ont fait que renforcer cette notion. Comme dans d’autres systèmes autochtones, le savoir anishinaabe était alors…


Credit: CIVIC SQUARE — construction of a neighbourhood grow room

Finance at the Climate Crossroads

Since the signing of the UNFCCC’s Paris Agreement in 2015, $3.8 trillion has been invested in fossil fuels, and much of the money set aside to ‘build back better’ will not address climate change. The role of finance in both the causes of climate breakdown and how we pull our societies back from the brink is a crucial and hot topic that many individuals and organizations pursuing a low-carbon, climate-resilient, just, and inclusive future are grappling with.

While Sustainable Finance has emerged in response and has seen significant expansion over the past decade with a further 55% of growth forecast…


Building Civic Tech: A new frontier of our work

This is the fourth in a series of DM notes that we write about the insights from our work on the ground, which follows internal learning sessions called the DM Downloads that are organized every two weeks or so. The aim is to make our practice more legible, for us as well as for you.

DM Note #4 is a reflection on a new frontier of our work: civic technology development, or how to make things in a complex world.

DM’s trajectory: becoming practical strategists and experimental developers

When Dark Matter Labs started in 2016, our provocation page presenting various visions around the future of civic infrastructures was…


Full-stack model for next generation institutional capacities

A sketch for the transformation of Italy’s cities

By Sean Lockie and Angelica Monaco, with contributions from Indy Johar, Joost Beunderman and Juhee Hahm. For Italian translation, see here

Italy, like many nations, is facing a major strategic transition. Many Italian cities are seeing a cocktail of intensifying challenges and future risks, including the brain drain of young skilled people to bigger cities and other parts of Europe; economic stagnation and aging infrastructure; poor air quality, growing heat island impacts, and increasing incidence of flooding. All this has been exacerbated by COVID, which has deeply affected Italy’s communities and economy; it has both revealed and deepened inequalities. Already…


Idee per la trasformazione delle città italiane

Da Sean Lockie i Angelica Monaco, con Indy Johar, Joost Beunderman i Juhee Hahm. Per la versione inglese vedi qui.

L’Italia, come molte nazioni, sta affrontando un’importante transizione strategica. Molte città italiane stanno assistendo ad un cocktail di sfide crescenti e rischi futuri, inclusi la fuga di cervelli di giovani qualificati verso città più grandi e altre parti d’Europa; la stagnazione economica e le infrastrutture che invecchiano; la scarsa qualità dell’aria, gli effetti negativi delle isole di calore e l’aumento dell’incidenza delle inondazioni. Tutto ciò è stato aggravato dal COVID, che ha profondamente…


Lessons from place-based strategic innovation in Europe, Asia and Africa

This is the third in a series of DM notes that we will write about the insights from our work on the ground, which follows internal learning sessions called the DM Downloads that are organized every two weeks or so. The aim is to make our practice more legible, for us as well as for you.

DM Note #3 is a preview of our international portfolio around place-based strategic innovation, from the city to country levels, across Europe, Asia and Africa.

In theory — What do we mean by place-based strategic innovation?

Innovation involves something new coming into existence. Whereas we see place-based strategic innovation to be something new coming into…


Building a platform to facilitate socio-ecological transitions and community-based climate action in private yards

Summary


Harare, Zimbabwe

The future of humanity is urban. Africa is the fastest urbanizing continent in the world with an expected 1.2 billion urban residents by 2050. The continent’s urbanisation comes with extraordinary transformative potential, but the structural hurdles are equally huge. Historically, there is compelling evidence to suggest that urbanisation and economic growth are mutually reinforcing. Yet in Africa, urbanisation is happening in a context of slow structural transformation, pervasive urban poverty and inequalities that compromise a hopeful urban future.

Building on last year’s Istanbul Innovation Days, the 2019 Harare Innovation Days on #NextGenCities will focus on the strategic risks and opportunities…


Key insights about scaffolding mental wealth and humane development in the 21st century

Drivers of mental health and wellbeing and the investment classes required to build mental wealth

This is the second in a series of DM notes that we will write about the insights from our work on the ground, which follows internal learning sessions called the DM Downloads that are organized every two weeks or so. The aim is to make our practice more legible, for us as well as for you.

DM Note #2 is a preview of our international portfolio around mental wealth in Sweden, Dubai, England and South Korea as well as some of the learnings that are coming out of it, externally and internally.

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