We believe in a holistic, multi-disciplinary approach to addressing complex issues, and we offer guidance in improving collaboration, communication, learning, and adaptation to improve learning by doing.
We provide customized methods and tools for designing, implementing, monitoring, and measuring progress towards innovation. Our focus is on identifying the conditions that enable success, developing strategies and building capacity for initiatives that seek to achieve transformational change.
Who We Serve
Dedicated to collaboration, we facilitate high quality dialogue, decision-making, action and reflection with whole communities, agencies, institutions and organizations that are forging a path toward a more sustainable future.
We are partnering with the National Coral Reef Conservation Program to assess capacity in coral reef management at US flag jurisdictions around the world. In Summer 2011, we began a five-year project to help develop the Tufts University Water Diplomacy PhD program – an innovative model of interdisciplinary graduate training.
Growing a Culture of Interdisciplinary Action
We provide a wide range of services to colleges and universities who seek to grow and maintain a robust portfolio of interdisciplinary research and education. For example we work extensively with universities involved in the National Science Foundation's Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program.
Focus on Learning
The key to working within complexity is to understand context, define priority issues to be addressed, examine enabling conditions for success, and implement, adapt and learn. To achieve this, we have created innovative learning strategies that provide abundant return on investment.
Learning-by-doing is more than a catchy phrase - it's the only way of documenting progress towards meaningful change in conditions of great complexity. Imagine trying to create a more effective system of ecosystem governance in a sub-saharan African nation to help prevent fishery collapse and manage the coastal zone in the midst of a globally significant oil and gas discovery.
SustainaMetrix team members, Glenn Page and Audrey Swanenberg, have been partnering with colleagues at NOAA, Florida DEP and FWC, TNC, and County Agencies as part of a comprehensive Coral Reef Management Capacity Assessment for the northern reef tract.
Awe-inspiring best describes the meeting I had last week with Alan Furth and Vera Francis in "downeast" Maine. Alan is the Executive Director of the Cobscook Community Learning Center, which is a 21st century model of community innovation. Vera works as a planner with the sovereign nation of the Passamaquoddy tribe.
Hen Mpoano means "our coast" in the local language of Fanti in the Western Region of Ghana. It has been four years since Hen Mpoano Initiative began, as a cooperative agreement between US AID/Ghana and the University of Rhode Island and featured Friends of the Nation, WorldFish Center and SustainaMetrix as the core implementing partners.
SustainaMetrix has completed "An Analysis of Issues Affecting the Management of Coral Reef and the Associated Capacity Building Needs in Puerto Rico" which is now available for viewing here.For more information on Coral Reef Capacity Assessment, please click here.