MISC (Mapping Innovations on the Sustainability Curve) is a methodological framework for unravelling lock-ins and facilitating transition. The framework basically consists in a systems maps reflecting the structure and parameters of the ‘curve of sustainability’ (with 'resilience' on one side and 'ascendency' on the other, and 'governance' at the apex). It allows to explore missing links and leverage points in a transdisciplinary and participatory context, and results in a systems map revealing an ecosystem of needed and/or possible transition initiatives at different levels (from grassroots to EU).
This methodology has been developed and tested in different settings and with different topics (ranging from 'Sustainable research and innovation politics' to 'Policies for strengthening cocreation with single parent families in Brussels'). Since it uses a systems approach, it is not looking for 'linear' explanations of current problems (accusing companies, or banks, or consumers, or politicians...) but brings all these actors around the table to first draw the map of what keeps them locked in and then explore what leverages are missing for them to change course. It sometimes took time (up to several months), but finally participants felt this method helped them to drop their defensive position and look for the alternatives they all (deep down) know are needed. So I'm really excited about sharing this methodological framework with you. Note that it is not a 'tool' like a cookbook receipe, but rather a framework that you will be able to adjust to your context creatively once you've understood it's basic principles correctly. Well, I guess that's what cooking really is about, read the receipe and then change it according to your taste and creativity. See ya !