Stronger Together, South Australia’s first Disaster Resilience Strategy, provides a foundation for state and local governments, non-government organisations, businesses, and communities to work together, contributing to a more resilient State.
The co-design process saw over 500 South Australians contributing their thoughts, ideas and experiences with the findings highlighting the complex nature of resilience. Efforts to reduce risk and strengthen resilience cross organisational boundaries and sectors including climate change, emergency services, health, infrastructure, business, social services and education. It’s bigger than Government, with all of society having a role to play.
With characteristics of being a ‘wicked problem’, disaster resilience is interconnected, multi-causal and adaptive. As wicked problems can be challenging or potentially impossible to ‘solve,’ they can be equally difficult to measure and demonstrate progress and impact.
This presentation will discuss the unique characteristics of wicked problems, and outline why a complexity-based, systems approach is best suited to tackling these kinds of problems.
SAFECOM has partnered with South Australian company, Wicked Lab. Wicked Lab help build the capacity of organisations and governments to tackle wicked problems by looking at actions that can collectively contribute to systems change.
SAFECOM's Resilience Team has participated in the Wicked Lab training and is using their online tool to map, track and measure systems change collective outcomes and impact. These skills and tools focus on; enabling communities to take action, building the adaptive capacity of communities and assisting governments to create the conditions required for change.
There are many initiatives taking place across local and state government, NGOs and organisations that are contributing to the resilience of the State and implementation of Stronger Together. Emily and Miriam will demonstrate how SAFECOM is using Wicked Lab’s Tool for Systemic Change to map these ecosystems and measure systemic impact.