Resources

The work of the institute is best appreciated through the resources provided her in the form of Methods and Publications. It is important to note that these resources are representative of our areas of interest but are in no way comprehensive. It is our intention to develop these resources as we engage in new areas of work. We will also increase the depth of coverage by including more of our previous work and by referring to the work of other people that we find interesting and useful. In this way we would hope that these Resources become useful in sharing and disseminating a better understanding of the multidisciplinary nature of knowledge development in the 21st Century.

Towards an Understanding of How Policy Making Groups Use Indicators

Abstract: Groupthink is a known weakness leading to a number of problems relating primarily to false senses of consensus. But, positive group ‘wisdom’ is an ideal which many aspire to make happen but few manage to achieve in practice. The mystery of the group comes at a number of levels and raises various issues. What […]

Being, Engaging, Contextualizing and Managing Matrix — a Means for Nonspecialists to Assess Group Dynamics? Embedding Technology in Practice

Abstract: In April 1999, academics from the Systems Department at the Open University in UK devised a matrix for assessing third‐level systems students—the matrix was based upon systemic practitioner behaviours taught in the course. It was based upon earlier methods that sought to understand and assess student progress based upon evidence of changing behavioural traits […]

Towards an Effective Multi-Stakeholder Consultation Process: Applying the Imagine Method in Context of Abu Dhabi’s Education Policy

Abstract: This paper is concerned with the many interleaving issues that emerge when engaging multiple stakeholders in decision-making. Whilst recognising the intrinsic value of group work and keeping in mind the numerous issues that obstruct group work (in- cluding multiple roles for participants, bias due to domination and distortion emerging from uneven group inputs), we […]

Imagine Coastal Sustainability


Abstract: Since 2000 Coastal Area Management Programmes (CAMPs) supported by UNEP Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP) and the Priority Actions Programme Regional Activity Centre (PAP/RAC) have been engaging local communities in assessment of their coastal sustainability. The Methods used since 2000 have been based upon an evolving methodology which is now called Imagine. In 2010 The […]

From Sustainable Community to Big Society: 10 Years Learning with the Imagine Approach

Abstract: Community is a key word in the current UK political vocabulary. As part of Big Society or as a sustainable means to develop social coherence, community has been an area of focus that has attained UK political party interest since 2003. In 1999, the Imagine method was first hinted at in the Earthscan book: […]

How People Use Rich Pictures to Help Them Think and Act

Abstract: Groups of all kinds are complex organisations. To understand them and to facilitate them in process terms is a matter of rich and diverse discourse in varied fields from sustainable development to coastal ecology; from bandwidth in rural communities to health service provision. How to allow groups to discourse, problem solve and review their […]