Achieving the objectives in our four impact areas sustainable land systems, just economies and human well-being, sustainability governance, and transformative education and science depends on many context-specific dynamics, external factors, and the interests and power of different actor groups. We strive for impact by promoting six levers of change:
Where CDE’s activities create scientifically valid and socially robust knowledge that informs actions and decisions.
Social and technological innovations
Where CDE’s engagement contributes to innovating social practices and greater consistency between technological development and human needs.
Where CDE acts and/or empowers other persons or organizations to facilitate decision-making, innovation, issue resolution, negotiation, mediation and consensus building through knowledge brokering, empathy and servant leadership, among other mechanisms.
Where CDE’s work enhances the abilities of individuals and societies as a whole to access, interpret, and utilize information about societal transformation, as well as participate constructively in these processes.
Communities of practice
Where CDE’s engagement inspires groups of people who self-organize to pursue a common cause through shared practices and collective action.
Where CDE’s work facilitates democratic, inclusive decision-making based on the best evidence-informed arguments exchanged among equally entitled contributors to substantive debates.
CDE’s activities trigger and support these mechanisms. Taken together, our activities and mechanisms unfold, as our unique approach, in four distinct pathways to impacts.