Learning from #Fails in Water and Energy

The opportunities of learning from failure are countless. Yet organizations and businesses that are willing to share these lessons with others are rare because they are often afraid of admitting failure. This represents a missed opportunity. Openly acknowledging failure promotes innovation and collaboration among colleagues. 

The early recognition of failures and subsequent adaptation is crucial for avoiding bigger 'disasters' or 'dead alleys' over the long term of projects. This is particularly true for problems that are too complex to be solved by linear approaches but which require continuous adaptation.

The aim of the seminar is to provide a space for water and energy practitioners, scientists, donors, and policymakers, where they can discuss theory and implementation failures and lessons learned from these failure experiences. From looking at cross-cutting issues in the water and the energy sector, to personal and professional experiences, presenters will share their perspectives on learning from failure.

Some of the key questions that will be discussed during the session include:

·       How can we draw lessons learned and best practices from projects that have failed in the water and energy sector?

·       Why sharing failures is important for promoting sustainable development?

Participation from the audience is encouraged.

14:00  Introduction

          Mr. Luca Di Mario

          Ms. Olimar Maisonet-Guzmán

14:15  Paradigmatic obstacles in addressing water problems. Four                   examples from a 50-year plus career

          Prof. Malin Falkenmark, SIWI

14:35  Participatory Irrigation Management: Hits and Misses

          Dr. Aditi Mukherji, ICIMOD

14:55  From Guinea Pigs and White Elephants…

          Dr. Pay Drechsel, IWMI

15:15  Discussion

15:35  Coffee Break

16:05  Power to Segregate: Attempts at Managing Irrigation Pumping in India

          Dr. Jenny Grönwall, SIWI

16:25  To Fail Was My Biggest Mistake, Until I Finally Started to Learn

          Mr. Peter Anderberg, Climate Bridge

16:45  Discussion and Conclusions

17:30  Close of Seminar


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