Estuarine mapping

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Step 1: All start with the identification of good and bad things around the context we are exploring.

Step 2: Then the identification of constraints and constructors.

  • A constraint is any factor that limits or restricts the range of possible actions or outcomes in a particular situation (physical, financial, organizational, regulatory, or cultural factors).
  • A constructor is a tool or technique that can help individuals or groups to understand which type of system they are dealing with and what approach is most appropriate (i.e.: “cause-and-effect” diagram). Constructors are not prescriptive or deterministic in nature. Rather, they help to create a shared understanding of a situation and provide a starting point for developing strategies and making decisions.

Using a template as the one below (to avoid classification and promote taxonomy identification). Use during the workshop, preferably using sense making.

You identify if it’s a constraint or a constructor, and the inner characteristics of them. All relevant information should be documented for future reviews.

You can also use this table of types of constraints for guidance.

Step 3: represent the identified components on a energy/time axis.

Step 4: Define the ones that are high impact (red), define the borders you consider that can delimit the area where you can work (avoid too volatile and counter-factual areas).

Define monitors and scouts.

Step 5: implement multiple actions mainly on high impact components and follow them up through monitoring.

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