We focus on systems thinking.
Energy transition is a complex, multi-faceted challenge. Systems-thinking accounts for the interconnectedness between various components of a given system (i.e. society and the biosphere) and allows us to better understand how components interact, change or evolve.
The ancient parable of the blind men and an elephant perfectly depicts the importance of systems thinking. In this story, we are invited to consider how an elephant might appear to a group of blind men. Each person reaches out a hand and touches a different part of the animal’s enormous body. Perhaps one man feels a tusk, while another grabs a tail or trunk. Then, with limited insight, each man attempts to describe the elephant. The men are surprised, at times even disgruntled, as their experiences do not align. Some become mistrustful, thinking they have been lied to. Yet not one of these men were capable of seeing the whole elephant. Rather, they were each gifted a unique understanding and only when pieced together could they begin to understand the full presence of this animal.
The same thinking can be applied to our energy system: we each carry different understandings and insights into the broader system. By working collaboratively, we weave our knowledge to uncover new solutions and a deeper understanding of the system in which we are working.