Today's world is more dynamic than ever and new developments are everywhere. Organisations respond to new challenges. Local authorities are experimenting with new forms of management, such as networked working (network governance) in the province of Zuid-Holland. TNO is supporting this organisation as it learns and introduces this new way of working using elements from a tried and tested tool for innovation projects: the Learning History.
Increasingly, our world is organized into networks; the complexity of issues is increasing and the influence of government is shrinking. The province of Zuid-Holland sees an opportunity to respond to these developments in the form of networked working. This new method of working can also be a solution to some other of today's challenges. In this connecting role, they need to cooperate with local actors when designing and executing their policies. That means there's a lot of work to be done, but because of the current budget cuts there is not enough money to use the traditional approaches. Networked working offers an ideal solution that could enable the province to achieve its ambitions in spite of everything, because:
In 2012 the province set up four pilot schemes in order to experiment with networked working. TNO was contracted to help facilitate this learning process and to help make results more visible. To do this, TNO is making use of elements of the Learning History. Learning History is a method of distinguishing between what factually happened and how those involved experienced what happened. To complete the story, this is all supplemented by a critical review by independent experts. This ensures that all the possible angles are covered: personal experiences, successes as well as any controversies or hot potato issues. This makes Learning History an effective tool with which to share and deepen learning experiences.