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Participation and model-building: lessons learned from the Bukittinggi workshop

Participation and model-building: lessons learned from the Bukittinggi workshop

FLORES (the Forest Land Oriented Resource Envisioning System) was initially constructred 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 FLORE 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 (subscription request to

Authors: Vanclay, J.K.; Haggith, M.; Colfer, C.J.P.

Topic: participation,expert systems,models,simulation models,management,adaptation,FLORES,group facilitation,conferences

Publication Year: 2003

Source: Small-scale Forest Economics, Management and Policy 2(2 (special issue)): 135-154

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