🤔 So, what is transformative thinking? "The way we build cities is not fit for the future we need." 💬 @JayneEngle shares 3 ways #7GenCities are thinking for the future.Share article
In Season 2, episode 2 of the #ReimaginingGovernment podcast, @JayneEngle discusses transformative thinking and how #7GenCities 🏙️ are structuring their plans for long-term thinking.Share article
🎙️ Have you listened to S2E2 of @CPI_foundation's #ReimaginingGovernment? @DarkMatter_Labs' @JayneEngle shares 3 ways #7GenCities is fostering transformative thinking 🤔Share article
🎙️ Reimagining Government
Governments must think about and plan for the future, but often, our thinking can be limited. The models we have in our minds about growth, success, and the environment shape how we imagine life and government in the long term. Season 2, episode 2 explores how governments can find new ways to frame our future.
Jayne Engle is a Mission co-holder at Dark Matter Labs and Co-Lead of 7GenCities - a new collaborative focused on transformative thinking and action for future cities, community building, and Earth stewardship.
With decades of experience working in civic systems around the world (from regional policy and economic transition to city planning, participatory research, and philanthropy), Jayne has dedicated her career to long-term urban transformation. This made her the perfect guest for the new episode of our podcast, Reimagining Government.
The episode focuses on long-term thinking and explores the different models that could help us plan for the future. During the conversation with Jayne, she discusses why transformative thinking is needed and how 7GenCities are structuring their plans for long-term thinking around three “bundles” - learning, social finance, and field building.
So, what is transformative thinking?
Transformative thinking can be applied to various contexts - including environmental sustainability, social justice, business innovation, and personal growth. It's about envisioning and implementing significant changes that have a lasting impact on individuals, organisations, or society.
Three ways 7GenCities is fostering transformative thinking
Jayne spoke about the three structured ways they’re thinking for the future at 7GenCities.
7GenCities is committed to enhancing the common understanding of social infrastructure projects - whether in the planning stages or already in progress. Jayne said:
“We’re putting together cohorts of municipal representatives, Indigenous community members and leaders, and other civil society leaders who are all working on social infrastructures that embed Truth and Reconciliation. This provides the opportunity for them to learn from each other. We’ll also then be sharing what we learn from them, so we can help to build that field.”
Field building at 7GenCities includes imagining, commoning, and demonstrating civic futures of regenerative possibility. Jayne said:
“This is about building, co-building, and bringing to light what we call “system demonstrations”, or “systemic manifestations” of what seven generation cities can be. So things like FreeLand. It’s about moving towards trees and urban forests - how can we see them as assets, rather than liabilities? It’s also about imagination spaces - expanding the notion of what’s possible. And finally, it’s about learning commons - helping people interested in this work contribute what they’re learning, connect with others, and so on.”
A key focus of 7GenCities is to challenge and reformulate how they understand value creation, flow, and investment in civic economies. Jayne said:
“We’re working on a systemic change and new financial instruments in order to live in these different futures. So things like facilities for outcome-based financing, as well as a next generation civic infrastructure fund. We’re also taking into account different value creation models that actually recognise not only common good outcomes, but also that public investment needs to have public outcomes as opposed to just privatised ones - which is often what happens now.”
The full conversation with Jayne is available now on all major podcast listening platforms. Listen below or click here.
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The full conversation with Jayne is available now on all major podcast listening platforms. Listen below or click here:
🎙️ Reimagining Government
Governments must think about and plan for the future, but often, our thinking can be limited. The models we have in our minds about growth, success, and the environment shape how we imagine life and government in the long term.
Season 2, episode 2 explores how governments can find new ways to frame our future.