Participation and model-building: Lessons learned from the bukittinggi workshop
Authors: Vanclay, Jerome; Haggith, Mandy; Colfer, Carol
Source: Small-scale Forestry, Volume 2, Number 2, May 2003 , pp. 135-154(20)
Abstract:FLORES (the Forest Land Oriented Resource Envisioning System) was initially constructed by 50 people during a multidisciplinary workshop in Bukittinggi, Sumatra, in 1999. It proved that a model of a complex system could be constructed in a participatory way by a diverse team; that it could be done with a graphically-based package such as Simile; and that the resulting model could remain reasonably accessible to all participants, and could run on an ordinary notebook computer. Many useful insights can be gained through building such a model, and subsequent experience has demonstrated that modelling in this way can foster continuing interdisciplinary collaboration. Participants founded the FLORES Society, a loose collective open to all researchers interested in pursuing the development and use of such models. The Society conducts an e-mail discussion group on FLORES@cgnet.com (subscription requests to JV firstname.lastname@example.org).
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2003-05-01