The Open UniversitySkip to content
 

Where There Is No History: How to Create Trust and Connection in Learning for Transformation in Water Governance

de Vries, Jasper R.; van Bommel, Severine; Blackmore, Chris and Asano, Yoshiko (2017). Where There Is No History: How to Create Trust and Connection in Learning for Transformation in Water Governance. Water, 9(2) p. 130.

Full text available as:
[img]
Preview
PDF (Version of Record) - Requires a PDF viewer such as GSview, Xpdf or Adobe Acrobat Reader
Download (439kB) | Preview
DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.3390/w9020130
Google Scholar: Look up in Google Scholar

Abstract

Trust is often seen as an important element in settings of knowledge sharing and the co-creation of knowledge for dealing with transformations in water governance. However, seemingly similar conversations during a co-creation workshop in Uppsala resulted in both trust and distrust, and thereby influenced consequent possibilities for the co-creation of knowledge. Therefore, this article focuses on how trust influences knowledge sharing and how knowledge sharing influences trust. We use a case study approach to analyze the Uppsala co-creation workshop — part of the Climate Change Adaptation and Water Governance (CADWAGO) project — by comparing 25 conversations, making use of theories on swift trust and trust dynamics. We found four different conversation patterns (1) sending; (2) defending; (3) misunderstanding; and (4) connecting. The first three patterns influenced trust negatively and did not lead to knowledge sharing, whereas pattern four showed trust development and co-creation of knowledge. From our comparative analyses, we conclude that trust starts to emerge when there is mutual openness and empathy visible in turn-taking patterns. More specifically, trust emerges when communication styles allow for recognition and exploring underlying needs and wishes, resulting in a more dynamic dialogue, further trust development, and connection between actors. Our list of conversation patterns is provisional but we argue that understanding how different kinds of interactions can lead to trust or distrust is crucial to understanding why and how learning takes place—insights that are essential for fostering learning and transformations in water governance.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2017 The Authors
ISSN: 2073-4441
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Climate change adaptation and water governance: reconciling food security, renewable energy and the provision of multiple ecosystem services (XS-12-052-RI)Not SetVolkswagen Stitung
Keywords: trust dynamics; climate change adaptation and water governance (CADWAGO); knowledge sharing and use; swift trust; social learning
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Item ID: 48941
Depositing User: Chris Blackmore
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2017 10:24
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2017 10:05
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/48941
Share this page:

Altmetrics

Download history for this item

These details should be considered as only a guide to the number of downloads performed manually. Algorithmic methods have been applied in an attempt to remove automated downloads from the displayed statistics but no guarantee can be made as to the accuracy of the figures.

Actions (login may be required)

Policies | Disclaimer

© The Open University   contact the OU