Collective Regulative Bundle (CRB)

The Collective Regulative Bundle merges the activities that individuals, groups, organizations and agencies perform to improve their being and doing. It is conceived as the bundling of the regulative cycles that individuals may perform.
A very simple case is included here to illustrate the basic terminology. For each italic term, there is a more detailed description that can be accessed at the wiki dedicated to the definition of the CRB Methodology. The case illustrates both the daily-life-embedded character of initiatives, and the key terms used in the CRB Methodology.

Introductory Case: My car has a flat tire

It will happen to you. You are bringing a friend and his family to the airport. After completing his phd in Belgium, with wife and two kids, your friend is leaving to return to his home country Sri Lanka. The ride is short, less than 30 minutes. You just got on the highway, and there you sense the problem. You can manage to get on the shoulder of the road, and now you must in no time replace the flat tire of your car, for the first time in your life.


The car is part of a worksystem which offers mobility to its driver and passengers. The lifecycle stages of System Operation and Maintenance (SOM) and System Development (SD) are present, with several foci in the activities [5]:

Life cycle focus Introductory case In partnerships
Primary Process & Asset Maintenance (PPAM) The driving of the car, in this case from the friend's apartment to the airport.
Evaluation & Monitoring (E&M) The evaluation and monitoring signals a problem. The unsafe/unstable driving is observed by the driver and the passengers. This creates a performance alert.
Initiative Management (IM) The problem is a flat tire. The car must be stopped and the tire replaced.
* stakeholders: the driver and his passengers.
* decision theatre: the busy highway, with a dysfunctional car on its shoulder, the driver and passengers of the car.
* decision trees for the stakeholders:
* For a passenger: stay in the car, or leave it and hide behind the rail (the mother with her two children), or help the driver (the friend, also father)
* For the driver: (i) assist the passengers; next :
* calling of a road-service is one option, for which the driver must first walk to the roadside phone (there were no mobile phones yet in the mid 80's), next wait for the service man. This option might take more time, with a risk that the check-in at the airport will be missed.
* another option is to try to replace the flat tire, in spite of the fact that one had never done it before.
* the second option is selected.
* it is recorded that the next visit to the garage should be made earlier, and that the flat tire will have to be repaired.
Project Execution (PE) First put up the "danger sign", then bring passengers to a secure place, unload the trunk so that tools and spare wheel can be reached. Study the tools and the area around the flat tire, recall some stories, exchange opinions, and then start the work. When all is finished, load and board the car again and proceed with PPAM, at first with some extra attention for E&M as speed increases.

Change in Vulnerable Livelihoods

There is an excellent online tutorial on poverty and livelihood in development cooperation [7].

Knowledge management and governance issues that come into play in the dialogue between researchers and local knowledge systems have been illustrated in a paper on mutual learning and empowerment in rural India [8].

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