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How can conservation shift to keep up with the demands of our rapidly changing world? On December 6, 2018, this year's Fuller Symposium, presented in collaboration with National Geographic, inspired thinking on why and how to integrate principles of systems theory in conservation. We brought together a diverse array of leading experts to challenge our current way of working—and to devise creative solutions to complex conservation and development challenges in the context of our dynamic planet.

The event, presented in collaboration with National Geographic, was free and open to the public. It took place at the National Geographic Society's Grosvenor Auditorium in Washington, DC on December 6, 2018.

Agenda

  • 8:30 AM
    Registration
Session 1: A Complex Planet

  • 9:45 AM

    What is systems theory and why do we need to think in systems?

    Introducer: Nik Sekhran, WWF

    Seeing Beyond the Obvious: Wired to connect, trained to fragment, and what we can do about it

    Linda Booth Sweeney, Toggle Labs

    System Acupuncture: Tackling Scaled and Complex Challenges

    Banny Banerjee, Stanford ChangeLabs

  • 10:40 AM
    Morning Break
Session 2: Designing a Systems Approach

  • 11:15 AM

    How do we apply theory to catalyze change?

    Introducer: Catherine Workman, National Geographic Society

    A Neat and Tidy View of Chaos

    Dan McClure, Practical Clarity LLC

    A Right to Eat: Food Sovereignty and Collective Impact in Northern Canada

    Andi Sharma, Northern Healthy Foods Initiative at Government of Manitoba

    What to do when the whole is not equal to the sum of the parts?

    Paolo Gaudiano, Aleria

  • 12:25 PM
    Midday Break
Session 2 continued: Designing a Systems Approach

  • 1:25 PM

    Taking a Systems Perspective to address wicked conservation challenges

    John Griffin, Three Mountain Group

    Motivational crowding and social-ecological systems

    Arun Agrawal, University of Michigan

    Engaging and Building Systems Thinking Communities of Practice

    Peter Hovmand, Brown School's Social System Design Lab

    Moderated panel discussion

    Arun Agrawal, University of Michigan

    Paolo Gaudiano, Aleria

    Peter Hovmand, Brown School's Social System Design Lab

    Andi Sharma, Northern Healthy Foods Initiative at Government of Manitoba

    Moderated by Melanie Ryan, Luc Hoffmann Institute

  • 2:40 PM
    Afternoon Break
Session 3: Stories of Systems Change

  • 3:10 PM

    What does systems change look like in action?

    Introducer: Kaitlin Yarnall, National Geographic Society

    Unpacking the complexities of food: T-labs as an approach to South Africa's food insecurity

    Laura Pereira, Centre for Food Policy, City University of London

    A Chronic Crisis: Disrupting healthcare with neighborhood-based solutions

    Manmeet Kaur, City Health Works

    Changing Yourself to Change Systems: Lessons from Youth and Police

    Molly Baldwin, Roca

    Change the Way You Change the World

    Leslie Crutchfield, Georgetown University

    4:40 PM

    Changing Conservation

    Banny Banerjee, Stanford ChangeLabs

    Dan McClure, Practical Clarity LLC

    Moderated by Rebecca Shaw, WWF

    Closing

    Kavita Prakash-Mani, WWF

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