FLORES: Helping people to realize sustainable futures
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: FLORES: Helping people to realize sustainable futures
Abstract : Peopl e usual l y k ow how they want their situation to change to secure a better future -- but they do ot al ways k ow how to change their situation . I itiatives i te ded to secure a better future do ot al ways work as i te ded, a d may have u i te ded side effects. Computer mode l s ca hel p advocates expl ore co seque ces of propo sed i itiatives, so they ca make i formed sel ectio s o f al ter atives, secure i the k owl edge that co seq ue ces have bee thoroughl y i vestigated. By e couragi g peopl e to expl ore sce arios, model s empower peopl e to be more i ovative a d l ess depe de t o tech ocrats. New s oftware sol ves tech ical l imitatio s, but the real issue is ot software, but rather the provisio of a supportive framework withi which peopl e ca express a d exper ime t with ideas. FLORES, the Forest La d Orie ted Resour ce E visio i g System, provides such a framework to stimul ate i terdiscipl i ary col l aboratio betwee r esearchers, practitio ers a d cl ie ts. A rece t pro totype demo strated the feasibil ity of FLORES. However, FLORES is ot about software; it is about providi g t he mea s to expl ore the co seque ces of al ter ative sc e arios. Ul timatel y, FLORES is ot a physical packa ge, but a user group a d the i teractio s they have amo gst t hemsel ves, a d with the peopl e i vol ved i pol icy-m aki g. Fosteri g this emergi g etwork through workshops ad tech ical support wil l e ha ce FLORES by offeri g a better u dersta di g of the co cept, a d by al l owi g more peopl e, especial l y those from devel opi g cou tries, to i fl ue ce the devel opme t of FLORES a d the issues that ca be expl ored withi it. Key words: Decisio support system, adaptive model l i g, l a d use al ter atives, pol icy a al ysis
: Environmental studies
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