Act: Inspiration

Co-Creating a Seafood System Vision in the Galápagos Islands

January 27, 2023

A process of intention, vision, and prototypes — centered in the seafood system of the Galápagos — with frameworks of Theory U and the 4 Returns.

An overview of the Galapagos Seafood System Vision Project. In the upcoming months, Juan Carlos Guzmán will share his expanded reflections on the process.

Responsible Fishing, “Transparency and Trust,” “Make Visible the Invisible,” and “Listen Deeply.”

The Galapagos island territory sits off the coast of Ecuador, encompassing the island archipelago, the surrounding waters, a national park and a marine reserve. The area is known for high biodiversity and among the highest levels of endemism on the planet (species that are found nowhere else). The islands and coast are home to a wide array of communities of people involved in the seafood system for decades, a web of social connections either directly or indirectly embedded in the reality of the sea. Facing the shifting and challenging environmental, social, and economic conditions, the community, local organizations, and the Galapagos Governing Council saw the need to understand the sea food system jointly with the community with the aim of later building public policies on food security for this special regime.

  1. Co-create an intention of the stakeholders, who will support the process.
  2. Co-build the vision of the Galapagos seafood system.
  3. Co-identify prototypes that help implement this vision.

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Co-Construction and Mapping the System: Two Interweaving Systemic Approaches

From Co-initation to Co-Evolving, taking time to travel together to go up and down the U to get there, integrated with the 4-Returns. Images from Juan Carlos Guzmán.

Emerging Prototypes

The journey of one initiative’s experience from problem to prototype, collectively navigating the process to create a sustainable start-up and build alliances with others in the community.

The Galapagos Seafood System Vision

The expanded vision, addressing the 4 Returns: Financial Returns, Natural Returns, Social Returns, and Return of Inspiration — recognizing that all is interlinked. Image from Juan Carlos Guzmán.

Emma D. Paine

Emma is a social change researcher interested in economic systems change and power dynamics. She received her MSc from the London School of Economics, Sociology.

Tags: co-creation, sustainable seafood production, Theory U