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Measure and Mobilize! Gamifying the Exploration and Design of Scalable Market System-Level Resilience Strategies

Conor Riggs July 13, 2022

Measuring and understanding resilience to inform incentive-based networking and mobilization of market actors within ecosystems development is a
critical but challenging pathway to accelerate scaling of market-based solutions in food and nutrition security, water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), clean energy, and circular economy systems.

One means of measuring systems-level resilience, iDE’s Market Systems Resilience Index (MSRI) was presented is rapidly scaling in 2022 from two to seven countries, with additional implementer partnerships in development, and was recognized by USAID’s Market Systems Resilience State of the Field as a promising approach to systems-level resilience measurement.

Moreover, iDE has now integrated MSRI within a ecosystems-level resilience feedback loop that translates insights from MSRI assessments with mobilization of market actors like SBGs using the latest version of our Resilient Market Ecosystems method (RME, formerly Commercial Pockets). The resilience loop established between MSRI and RME – along with our multi-sectoral iDE Infinite model forms the center of iDE’s new resilience-centric programming goal to foster over 1,000 RMEs across at least 10 countries in the next several years, dubbed “Economies by Ecosystems.”

We propose a workshop using a board game format developed to train staff within iDE to invite fellow SOCAP participants to identify and establish simple simulated resilience feedback loops using MSRI and RME methods within various sectoral scenarios such as regenerative agriculture and WASH.

The session is intended to be light on transmission and heavy on play-based learning, collaborating, and dialogue, resulting in a set of participant insights on how effective ecosystem-level resilience measurement and mobilization can be replicated at scale.



Meta Themes

  • Reimagine Systems

  • Deliver Equity and Inclusion

  • Power and Capital



Purpose and Desired Outcome

Introduce participants to complex dynamics around measuring and addressing market system-level resilience risks and shocks in low-income emerging market contexts through a simple and engaging board game format. By the conclusion of the workshop, participants will garner simulated experience in measuring the dynamics of networks of market actors, and test their strategies for those networks to anticipate and prevent/mitigate shocks including pandemics, natural disasters, political instability, and supply chain failures.


  • Entrepreneurs

  • Government

  • Accelerators & Incubators

  • Service Providers

  • Academia

  • Corporate & SME

  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)


  • NameConor Riggs
  • TitleVP of Global Initiatives
  • OrganizationiDE
  • StatusInvited
  • NameJohn Choptiany
  • TitleSenior Director of Climate, Agriculture, & Resilience
  • OrganizationiDE
  • StatusInvited
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