Adaptive Pathway model

Paper instructions

1) Examine the attached Wise et al. (2014) paper. Countless systems of all types, scales, etc. could be placed into this Adaptive Pathway model. Focus your reading/thinking primarily on the two figures, Fig. 2 is of most importance for us (you do not have to read the article word-for-word, focus on Fig 2 and the text described below):

– Figure 2 – the core model of an Adaptive Pathway (AP): Learn the core structure as you will describe this type of AP for your chosen system(s). Look at the differing inserts in Figure 2 and their specific text in the caption – compared to the associated text in the main paper.

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– Understanding Figure 2 requires reading the right side of page 332 and pg 333. Focus on this exact reading and this complex figure will open up for you.

– Figure 1: See not only the path diagram on the bottom but note the deep system decision structures for people & organizations, represented by the blue “decision cycles”. Notice the relationships among decisions and consequences (i.e., cause and effect).

2) You will then:

– Draw/create a 8 x 11” or 8 x 14” figure graphically summarizing a system of interest trying to stay sustainable over time (avoiding Maladaptive Space and System Traps = eventual tipping points).
Your system should directly or indirectly have a connection to political governance as we will build this theme further. The timeline for the AP will be a trajectory of one day’s, one month or one year’s worth of decisions (more on the x-axis below) as the system moves through its AP. The system(s) you focus on can be new or from your last HW, just create your version of the Wise et al. protocol in your system’s AP. I gave various examples of APs and the types of systems that can move through them (e.g., your grade in a class is a system moving through an AP, you driving home, the health of an economy, the water quality of the Indian River Lagoon, the status of a relationship, the solvency of a business, come up with your own System-AP models.
Your figure should include the following:

– Label at east 2-3 maladaptive spaces (MAs) – systems usually have lots of different MA spaces.

– The bottom “x-axis” in your figure is time in days, months or years (label the x-axis with units specific to your system).
– Illustrate at least 2 important feedback loops, designate as R or B.

– Indicate in the figure where important drivers (internal and external) could influence the direction of the system. You can show more than one scenario if you wish. Clear labeling is very powerful.

– In the path of your system, show one example of path-steering following one of the examples in the Figure 2 inserts [2.B (Transformative), 2.C (Path dependency), and 2.D (Institutional preparedness)].

– Important for the reader and you: include a short caption that explains the main features of the figure.

The figure can be hand drawn or from a program. When in doubt, refer to how it looks in Figure 2 (Wise, 2014).
Summary: Focus on Figure 2 in the article; Start to draft an AP for your system, consult this e-mail for assistance. Contact me if you have any questions.

then briefly explain the figure

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