Networks and Multi-Stakeholder Systems

Sense-Lab has been working with participatory processes and multi-actor platforms in different contexts. We work with network development and implementation, participatory governance models and innovation ecosystems, establishment of multi-stakeholder and multi-sectoral platforms and engagement of stakeholders, whether in economic systems, urban peripheries or in rural and natural environments.

The application of these processes and systems is quite diverse, including the development of international cooperation networks, the integration of inclusive productive chains, environmental conservation projects, the promotion of thematic ecosystems, among others.


In an increasingly complex, interconnected and interdependent world, it is increasingly difficult to find answers in an isolated way. If the main questions of today are systemic, the answers depend more and more on the collaboration of collective intelligence and the intersection between different views.

Some references

Here are some clients and projects in which Sense-Lab has worked with Multi-stakeholder Networks and Systems:

Water Observatory Business Plan

Collaborative construction for WWF of a business plan for the Water Governance Observatory. The work, facilitated by the Sense-Lab, was focused on seeking the understanding of the 70 organizations that signed the Observatory to elaborate the plan.

      If in the past we thought about the role of different sectors, social, private and business in a compartmentalized way, we now need to navigate multi-stakeholder and multi-sector collaboration networks."

This transition is present in the interface of companies with different actors, in our public governance, in sectoral networks and in processes with social or environmental focus, that increasingly depend on broader and more systemic approaches, based on different stakeholder arrangements and forums.

This new moment brings new challenges and requires innovative models and approaches. Structuring and maintaining multi-stakeholder alignment and decision-making forums, as well as developing networks of exchange and collaboration, means that we have to transcend established mental patterns. Networks imply decentralized movements, with distributed authority and ownership. We migrate from conventional, closed top-down systems, that are centrally-oriented, corporate hierarchical, departmental, and controlling to emerging, open, multi-centered, self-organized, constitutional, distributive, fractal, and enabling systems. We migrate from the interface between control and order, to a chaordic space, at the intersection between chaos and order. And to navigate these systems, the rules of the game, or governance, matter more than ever.

Participatory Governance

Organizational Network Development 

Ecosystems of Innovation

Multi-stakeholder and Multisector Platforms

Stakeholder Engagement