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Designing for Emergence: Managing Complex Challenges in Sustainable Development 1

November 12, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

BCCIC WORKSHOP SERIES: Designing for Emergence – Managing Complex Challenges in Sustainable Development

Thursday – Friday November 12 and 13

Tuesday – Wednesday December 8 and 9

Tuesday – Wednesday January 12 and 13

Between October 2020 and March 2021 BCCIC is partnering with Christina Comeau, a Royal Roads University graduate student researching “Designing for emergence: Managing complex challenges in sustainable development“.  This research aligns well with and will expand on BCCIC’s view of the inner and outer aspects of transformation change.  In support of this research BCCIC and Christina will be inviting BCCIC members and other interested parties to participate in one to three online collaborative workshops that consider:  

  •  Workshop 1. Leading in complexity: The Leader’s role in embracing the ambiguity of complex systems – Nov 12 & 13
  • Workshop 2. Visualizing complexity:  The multiple perspectives needed for sensemaking within complex systems – Dec 8 & 9
  • Workshop 3. Collective governance: Catalyzing and nurturing emergent solutions within complex human systems – Jan 12 & 13

Participants in these narrative-based workshops will learn from each other through a series of theme focused, professionally facilitated discussions.  The objective is to gain insight into sustainable development as a complex system and how leaders might work within complexity to nurture emergent solutions where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.  Workshops will explore new ground but will also offer participants practical knowledge and tools that can be applied in their current work.  

Each workshop will be scheduled over 1.5 days with morning and afternoon sessions the first day and a morning session the following day.  A brief 45-minute orientation and technical session will be offered at multiple times the day before the workshop begins.  

We encourage you to participate in all three workshops, but you may opt to participate in one or two if that is what your schedule allows.  It is not possible to participate in part of a workshop as the sessions build on each other and require continuity.

There is no fee for these online workshops.  If this work piques your curiosity, please mark the date in your calendars.  A full information package will be available prior to registration in early October. 

About the Facilitator – Christina Comeau

Christina is a scholar-practitioner with over 20 years’ experience and 150+ projects in transformational change with clients in the public, corporate, and academic sectors.  All workshop participants will receive Christina’s thesis documenting the findings and recommendations of this project and will be invited to a knowledge sharing webinar in April 2021.  


What: WORKSHOP SERIES – Designing for Emergence: Managing Complex Challenges in Sustainable Development


Thursday – Friday November 12 and 13

Tuesday – Wednesday December 8 and 9

Tuesday – Wednesday January 12 and 13

 (10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Pacific Time)

Where: Zoom

Cost: Free 

To register, please email: Christina.m.comeau@gmail.com


November 12, 2020
10:00 am - 11:30 am