Towards Better

What is Transition Engineering and Innovation and how will Splendid Engineering take me “Towards Better”?

Transition Engineering is the professional engineering discipline that deals with the application of science to the design, innovation and adaptation of engineered systems that meet the needs of today without compromising the ecological, societal and economic systems on which future generations depend to meet their own needs.

Transition Innovation is the process of change based on Transition Engineering. It’s a robust and effective process that enables organsiations to see more clearly how their organisation has changed, how it continues to change, and how it can adapt to a changing external future operating environment.

Towards better; Splendid Engineering is the first consultancy helping clients achieve long term sustainability with the Transition Engineering and Transition Innovation approach. We help people to think differently, and to adapt products, systems and organsiations to remain viable in a changing future.

An example of "thinking differently" - counter-intuitive ideas that lead to transition.

This article explores how an almost accidentally planned change (closing a road bridge) led to a counter-intuitive outcome (reduced traffic congestion, not increased congestion).

The lessons we can take from this example:

We should always challenge what is "obvious". As soon as we hear the word "obvious" we should check that it isn't short hand for accepting lots of unchallenged and unstated assumptions. In this case it was obvious beforehand that closing a bridge would increase congestion nearby. In many similar situations it's obvious that increasing road provision is the solution to congestion (despite reams of research debunking the "predict and provide" approach to road provision).

We should look for ways to deliver intentional change to deliver benefits like this accidental change.

Transition Engineering includes the tools to take these steps and deliver similar change on small or global level - reduced congestion or saving the planet.

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