Greening Marion is a Systemic Innovation Lab in South Australia focused on addressing greening in the City of Marion. The lab is a partnership between state and local government - City of Marion and Green Adelaide (Department for Environment and Water).
This pilot project aimed to better understand and strengthen the City of Marion’s ‘greening system’, in order to respond and adapt to climate change and urban infill.
Greening Marion's objectives were to:
Increase understanding of the Oaklands Park, Marion and Park Holme ‘system’ of stakeholders, organisations and initiatives (projects, programs, services, policies and plans) that contribute to greening
Increase capacity for partners, stakeholders and initiatives to work adaptively and cohesively
Support the development of new and adapted initiatives that are relevant to the overall system needs, and which work in cohesion with the rest of the system
The lab's place-based focus is three suburbs in the City of Marion: Park Holme, Oaklands Park and Marion. It has a core team made up of representatives from a number of government agencies, that is lead by Tania MacDonald from Green Adelaide and Rebecca Neumann from City of Marion. This core team is also supported by staff who carried out hands-on aspects of the project.
The project partner's included:
Green Adelaide (lead organisation)
City of Marion
Water Sensitive SA
What did Greening Marion involve?
This pilot project is the first Systemic Innovation Lab in South Australia, and followed the FEMLAS process developed by Wicked Lab. This process includes six stages; Form, Explore, Map, Learn, Address and Share.
The FEMLAS process supported the lab's core team to:
map the solution ecosystem of initiatives and organisations working on greening in Park Holmes, Oaklands Park and Marion
develop a 'cross walk' that translated Wicked Lab's nine Focus Areas into language relatable to greening and the City of Marion community
interview initiative owners to understand how their work in contributing to systems change across these nine Focus Areas
The lab used Wicked Lab's Tool for Systemic Change to map 56 activities and 43 organisations from across Adelaide that are part of Oaklands Park, Marion and Park Holme’s ‘greening system’. This included interviewing 39 people from across a diverse range of stakeholders working on greening initiatives in these suburbs. Key insights from the lab to date are;
81% of activities are ‘shaking things up’ (Focus Area 1) around urban greening, where they are generating passion, creating community conversations and preparing for action
Most of the activities (89%) related to greening in public areas, compared to 57% that impacted or influenced privately owned areas, such as people’s yards
The lab held large group workshops. To further strengthen the greening system, the lab focused these workshops on three areas;
• Join up and ripple out– experiment, collaborate, encourage open discussions, and connect with different views • Self-organise and share– more branding, role models, and sharing information and resources • Connect community with government– align priorities, shape policies, and tap into community know-how and initiatives
What's next for Greening Marion?
During the workshops, many participants expressed that they would like to continue to connect and collaborate on greening initiatives in the Park Holme, Oaklands Park and Marion area. The lab now runs an ongoing ‘Connect Up’ event, a space to share what greening initiatives are being worked on, and a place to bring people together to collaborate on creating greener, more sustainable suburbs.
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