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Our urban systems and their underlying sub-systems are designed to deliver only a narrow set of human-centered services, with little or no accounting or understanding of how actions undercut the resilience of social-ecological-technological systems (SETS). Embracing a SETS resilience perspective creates opportunities for novel approaches to adaptation and transformation in complex environments. We: i) frame urban systems through a perspective shift from control to entanglement, ii) position SETS thinking as novel sensemaking to create repertoires of responses commensurate with environmental complexity (i.e., requisite complexity), and iii) describe modes of SETS sensemaking for urban system structures and functions as basic tenets to build requisite complexity. SETS sensemaking is an undertaking to reflexively bring sustained adaptation, anticipatory futures, loose-fit design, and co-governance into organizational decision-making and to help reimagine institutional structures and processes as entangled SETS.
Chester, Mikhail; Miller, Thaddeus; Muñoz-Erickson, Tischa A.; Helmrich, Alysha; Iwaniec, David M.; McPhearson, Timon; Cook, Elizabeth; Grimm, Nancy B.; and Markolf, Samuel A., "Sensemaking for Entangled Urban Social, Ecological, and Technological Systems in the Anthropocene" (2023). Sustainable Futures Lab Publications. 21.
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