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New publication: “It’s the Conversation, Stupid!” – Social Media Systems Design for Open Innovation Communities

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We illustrate the use of this lens with a plausible scenario of open innovation in the societal stakeholder networks around climate change research.

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Social Innovation Meetup: “Exploring Labs for Social Change” – presentation notes

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How do they help accomplish social change? There are many tough global problems, like climate change, for which there are no clearcut solutions.

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“Designing Social Cities of Tomorrow” workshop – presentation notes

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What if it would also allow pioneers to change plot? It’s not the new media, but the people who are going to change the atmosphere. On February 17, the international   “Social Cities of Tomorrow” conference was held in Amsterdam. On February 16, the results of this workshop were presented in a sold-out hall. cafe).

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Research consultancy: taking the plunge?

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This theoretical sanity check sometimes leads to profound changes in your thinking, which can be most stimulating. Pros and Cons. Enjoy it!

Liberating Voices book published

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It is a holistic call to arms for social change based on a revolution in grassroots information and communication. See also the book flyer.

Collaboration Patterns as Building Blocks for Community Informatics

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The methodology is illustrated with examples from the ESSENCE (E-Science/Sensemaking/Climate Change) community. From 4-6 November 2009, the 6th CIRN Community Informatics Conference was held in Prato, Italy. This year’s theme was “Empowering Communities: Learning from Community Informatics Practice&#. Abstract. link].

Yes We Can 2.0

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Happy Change Year! It’s amazing what transformative power Web 2.0 services are increasingly making available to everybody at (almost) no cost. Posted in activation, Animoto, Clayoquot Sound, e-campaigning, videos, Web 2.0. videos Animoto activation Clayoquot Sound e-campaigning Web 2.0

Mr. Community President

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At any rate, congratulations to all American and international colleagues on this list who are so very much in need of a change of societal paradigm. [The text of an e-mail I just sent to the Community Informatics Researchers-mailing list ]. What a wonderful moment in  emancipatory history we have just experienced! and global society.

Change Leadership Challenge 3: Embedding Change

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This is the third in a series of posts about change leadership. Embed your change in to the fabric of your organization. and results?

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Five Large Systems Change Trends

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Anyone working on big change issues should have an eye to mega system changes.

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From Change Initiatives to Change Systems

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Global change systems are evolving all around us. 

Change Experts’ Change Challenge

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What are the impediments to scaling change strategies to address the global breadth and transformational depth of critical issues?  Conversations at MIT and Oxford meetings in October, and discussions over the past few months with large system change experts , … Blog Change

Part 2: From Change Initiatives to Change Systems

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Part 1 described global energy as a change system with five subsystems.  and “What must it do well, in order to realize its change goal?”

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Why So Many Social Change Organizations Struggle

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When nonprofit organizations with issue-specific, niche missions organize themselves around individual donor fundraising, it creates waste, dysfunction and drains power away from real social change. Social Change attention donor engagement fundraising nonprofit philanthropy social change

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How to Help Managers Lead Change

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We’re undergoing significant change and I can’t be everywhere. What can I do to help my managers lead change? Always Do This.

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Getting the Message Across: Five Levels of Change Communications

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People often tell me that change communications are the most challenging implementation task. For many changes, this step isn’t necessary.

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Change Leadership Challenge 4: Meaningful Employee Participation

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This is the fourth in a series of posts about change leadership. Meaningful employee participation is important during change.

Alchemy of Change’s New Focus: the Soul

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I'm now resuscitating Alchemy of Change with a new focus on exploring the Soul. Announcements Featured Soul soul

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Systems Thinking for Social Change

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Whenever I sink myself into systems thinking, I realize it should be called systems being.

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Complexity and movements change culture

Chris Corrigan

They adjust and learn as they go, and they both respond to and change their context. Cultures are complex and require complexity to change them.

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Change Leadership Challenge 5: Use Networks for Change

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This is the fifth in a series of posts about change leadership. Previous posts covered active, committed leadership , building a compelling business case , embedding change , and meaningful employee participation. “I’ll tell you how communication really works around here,” the data architect told me over coffee.

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Realizing Large Systems Change

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Creating large change systems. Large system change, sometimes called transformation science, is a growing field of knowledge and … Blog Webinars Friday, February 27 & March 6. Friday, Feb. 27 1-2 PM Eastern Time (New York). Guests: Steve Waddell and Tom Bigda-Peyton.

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Change Leadership Challenge 1: Active, Committed Leadership

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This is the first in a series of posts about change leadership. Today’s executives have a great responsibility to enact change.

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Societal Change Systems Versus Production Systems

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Distinguishing between Societal Change Systems (SCSs) and Production Systems (PSs) is the new frontier in large systems change work.

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Change Leadership Challenge 2: Compelling Business Case

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This is the second in a series of posts about change leadership. What motivates you to change? I’m pretty easy; cake does the trick.

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Change Leadership Checklist

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Change Leadership Checklist. Change leaders need to answer key questions in each phase before moving on to the next. Change Leadership

Part 3: From Change Initiatives to Change Systems

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Part 1 introduced the concept of change system and five subsystems through a project on the global change system for electricity;  Part 2 described the seven functions necessary for these systems to be effective.  In this blog, these are integrated … Change

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Cultivating System Change Webinar Changed

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Thursday, March 27:  Cultivating system change – a practitioners companion. Presenter: … Net Dev

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New Book: Change for the Audacious

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Addressing critical challenges like climate change, food security and equity requires large systems change and development of powerful change systems.

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Change Agents as (Intellectual) Shamans

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Transformational change makers are shamans. In her book Intellectual Shamans Sandra Waddock focuses on 28 leading business academics of transformational intellectual impact that include ones well-known as change makers such as Otto Scharmer, David Cooperrider and Ed Schein. It is … Net Dev

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Can you change organizational culture?

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” Digging into this will allow you two things: Reformulate your mission as you understand what should be preserved and what should be changed.

Governance and Large Systems Change: the case of financial inclusion

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What are the implications of large systems change for traditional governance structures and public goods production?

2016 39

Change Happens Through People – Even at Walmart

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Part 1 of 4: Marc Gunther just  reviewed  Force of Change , the story of Walmart’s conversion to sustainable business practices.

Go Slow to Go Fast: Make Your Next Change Initiative Fly

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It represents a major change in how people operate, and it’s tied to a new corporate strategy. Change Leadership Leadership Why Go Slow?

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Large Systems Change: an emerging field of transformation and transitions

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What is meant by “large systems change (LSC)?” What must change and what are the strategies to realize it? How can we “do it” much better? What does a comprehensive picture of the field of LSC knowledge and methods look … Net Dev

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Changing the Meme of Constant Growth

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Constant growth is driving humanity off an ecological cliff, writes  Dr. Sandra Waddock  (Boston College). She describes how growth has become a “meme,” a core value, and she identifies diverse alternatives, from “thrivability” to “enough.” Dr. Waddock is active with … Net Dev

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Three Ways Human Networks Can Help Drive Change

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According to a 2006 McKinsey survey, only 38 percent of change initiatives were completely or mostly successful at improving performance.

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Competencies for Effective Societal Change Systems

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To be effective, Societal Change Systems (SCSs) develop seven roles that require distinct competencies. This conclusion arises from a large amount of research by many people, including work that I’ve done with Global Action Networks. Academically these roles are usually … Net Dev

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Thinking about Large Scale System Change

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This is part of a series of guest blogs on large systems change. Sandra Waddock – Boston College.

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The 10 Key Principles of Change Management

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For example, asking an outright opponent of the change to become a champion is not likely to be a very useful intervention. Be patient.

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