Collaboration to become more water resilient in Ebbsfleet
Problems like flooding or more broadly climate change, are very difficult to solve as they are ‘wicked problems’, being complex to understand with multiple and conflicting solutions that in some cases can create problems for others. They require more integrated approaches, which can only be achieved if the stakeholders collaborate.
A Learning and Action Alliance (LAA) helps deal with ‘wicked problems’. This is an open forum that brings local stakeholders to the table to facilitate learning and innovation. LAAs are usually a voluntary and open arrangement that enable collaborative working between a group of individuals or organisations with a shared interest in delivering change. The aim is for stakeholders to bring their knowledge and expertise and talk freely outside the constraints of existing formal institutional settings.