is a tool to help facilitators of natural resource management
and stakeholders to articulate and explore a shared vision
of the future and to develop strategies to achieve it.
As the world changes ever more rapidly the risk of rural
people in developing countries being disconnected from the
urban and more developed world becomes increasingly acute.
It is vital for rural people to be able to keep pace with
and adapt to this rate of change in order to sustain and improve
One promising approach for coping with change is by generating
a shared vision of the future through facilitated participatory
visioning processes. Visioning has become widely accepted
as an important tool for empowering local communities to gain
confidence over their future. Articulating and working through
such visions has been shown to help rural communities to improve
their livelihood strategies. Furthermore, recent research
with rural people in Zimbabwe has shown that participatory
modelling can complement visioning processes by supporting
learning among the stakeholders, thus improving action planning.
Our aim in developing Co-View is to strengthen this link
between visioning and modelling, by making it easier to use
a visioning process as the entry point for modelling, and
to use the results of simulation modelling to help to generate
strategies for achieving the vision.
Co-View has been designed to support social learning, in
which the dreams and understanding of the members of the group
are brought together leading to new shared insights and joint
strategies for action. It has been developed and tested with
local communities in Zimbabwe within a programme of participatory
action research on adaptive resource management strategies.
- A practical guide to facilitating a participatory visioning
- Future Scenario, Scenarios
as a Tool for Adaptive Forest Management
- a simply written, illustrated guide to participatory
- 'The Bridge', a computer-based tool for expressing a
vision and converting it into the basis of a simulation
- 'The Power to Change! game, a team game for using
a model to explore various future
scenarios. (Simile software required).
Co-View requires access to a simulation modelling environment.
The initial implementation of the Bridge and the interface
to the Power Game are based on a freely available environment
called Simile. Below is figure shows different components
of Co-View and how they are related each other.
Figure. Interrelationship among components in Co-View
Download The Bridge (Zip format, 4.4MB)
You can transform the model built in The Bridge into .sml format of Simile. Simile is a software for computer simulation of complex dynamic systems in the earth, environmental and life sciences. You can get a free edition of Simile at http://simulistics.com
'The Power to Change! game (7 KB). Click here to download.
related papers. Click here to download.