Reflections on how to collaborate on climate change adaptations

Despite of the current Covid-19 crisis, RiConfigure is still running, exploring the praxis and dynamics of quadruple helix collaborations. However, the project has obviously had to adapt to the situation and move the experimentation in the social labs online.

For the same reason, the third panel meeting in the Danish social lab on climate change adaptation took place over the course of three online sessions throughout May. Here, the participants were invited to reflect on quadruple helix collaborations on climate change adaptation post corona on the basis of presentations from Henrik Søndergaard, Pipeline Manager at Climate KIC Nordic and member of the RiConfigure Advisory Board, and Lene Midtgaard, former leader of Environment Center Østerbro, respectively.

From the discussions, especially two important points emerged. First, reflecting on learnings within collaborations and transferring them from project to project accumulating knowledge was identified as important to the successfulness of a project. Thus, more focus on the initial and concluding phases of a collaboration is needed. To stimulate learning within collaborations, Climate KIC has experimented with convening partners at sense making sessions in order to reflect on their collaborations from different angles supporting awareness of lessons learned.

Second, provisionality and mapping were identified as two helpful tools for citizen engagement. On the one hand, provisionality might both let citizens decide on something they would not otherwise be allowed to and help revealing what solutions citizens prefer. On the other hand, mapping might help defining civil society, which is a category that naturally varies from case to case.