Equitable Systemic Design For Disaster Risk Reduction


[Re]Frame the disciplinary perceptions and definition of the problem with a disciplinary-neutral lens. Create evocative ways of seeing the problem that may lead to new solutions.

Reasons to Use:

    • Attachment to disciplinary ways of knowing and doing

    • Understanding is difficult to communicate or activate

    • Unidentified barriers to progress as a group

    • Lack of energy, creativity or novelty

Outcomes of Success:

    • Recognition of disciplinary mindsets and constraints

    • Compelling and actionable problem representation

    • Actionable way of thinking & talking about the problem

    • Increased group flexibility, inspiration, and spontaneity

Objectives of Process Steps:

1. Generalize the understanding of the problem situation and system into a problem statement

2. Uncover researchers’ and practitioners’ personal and disciplinary framings of how the problem should be solved

3. Mutually disconnect from disciplinary and personal framings using metaphor and analogy

4. Formulate a range of discipline-neutral, integrative frames for solving the problem

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