Multisolving: Making Systems Whole, Healthy, and Sustainable

Imagine the future we could build if we could effectively work across borders between nations, issue areas, jurisdictions, and departments. We could be much better prepared for the future, especially when it comes to climate change and equity. Multisolving solutions come from achieving meaningful results across sectors. From Malaysia to Canada, we can see that […]

Multisolving for Resilience: RITA Summit Recap

On August, 7th Multisolving Institute Director Beth Sawin joined a panel on Community, Reciprocity, and Sustainability at the Loka Initiative’s Resilience in the Anthropocene [RITA] Summit. She spoke about four principles that can build resilience to environmental shocks in communities. We share her remarks below: I have four principles for building community resilience I’d like to offer […]

Multisolving: How Do You Know It When You See It?

Multisolcing criteria matrix.

Multisolvers work at all scales and across many sectors. Yet they have four practices in common. Our research team – Susanne “Susi” Moser Research & Consulting and Tina Smith of Anderson Smith Consulting – have been interviewing multisolving leaders across North America. But before they could begin their research, they needed to know how to […]

Disaster Recovery Efforts Can Serve More than One Goal

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Originally published on The Messenger, this opinion piece from Dr. Sawin stems from the devastating July 2023 floods that took place in Vermont. “A multisolving recovery would ensure that every dollar and every hour of investment serves more than one goal,” Sawin said.  “It would design for the future that’s coming, not the past we […]

Elizabeth Sawin speaks on multisolving in two new podcasts

In two new podcasts, Multisolving Institute Founder and Director Elizabeth Sawin talks multisolving and system thinking. Read below to learn more. Dumbo Feather Elizabeth Sawin: scientist, systems thinker, multi solver “Multisolving is the idea that you can use one investment of time or money or energy to solve more than one problem at one time. So, in […]

Multisolving in the news – March 2022

March was a busy month for multisolving, with our work showing up in multiple op-eds written by Multisolving Institute Director, Dr. Elizabeth Sawin, as well as an interview conducted by Matt Simon of Wired. Explore below for more information. Op-ed: We must adapt to climate change. Can we do it in ways that solve other problems […]

ICYMI: Multisolving to Address Climate Change, Health, Equity and More

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our webinar, Multisolving to Address Climate Change, Health, Equity and More, on Wednesday, March 9 2022. For those unable to attend, we have provided links to both the recording and the Powerpoint slides below. Access webinar recording. Passcode: .yU&EF78 View PPT slides. Be sure to sign up […]

John Sterman on multisolving for effective offsets

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In an op-ed published by Market Watch, John Sterman of MIT Sloan includes multisolving on his list of criteria that carbon offset programs must meet to effectively combat climate change.  “Many offset programs are based on dubious assumptions,” Sterman argues. “To truly cut emissions, offsets must be AVID+: Additional, Verifiable, Immediate, Durable —, and help meet other societal goals (the […]