New publication: “It’s the Conversation, Stupid!” – Social Media Systems Design for Open Innovation Communities
JANUARY 14, 2013
We illustrate the use of this lens with a plausible scenario of open innovation in the societal stakeholder networks around climate change research.
Social Innovation Meetup: “Exploring Labs for Social Change” – presentation notes
APRIL 28, 2013
How do they help accomplish social change? There are many tough global problems, like climate change, for which there are no clearcut solutions.
“Designing Social Cities of Tomorrow” workshop – presentation notes
FEBRUARY 19, 2012
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).
Research consultancy: taking the plunge?
MAY 21, 2009
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
DECEMBER 8, 2008
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
JANUARY 13, 2010
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
JANUARY 1, 2009
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
NOVEMBER 6, 2008
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
FEBRUARY 19, 2014
This is the third in a series of posts about change leadership. Embed your change in to the fabric of your organization. and results?
Five Large Systems Change Trends
APRIL 7, 2015
Anyone working on big change issues should have an eye to mega system changes.
From Change Initiatives to Change Systems
OCTOBER 24, 2014
Global change systems are evolving all around us.
Change Experts’ Change Challenge
NOVEMBER 8, 2012
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
NOVEMBER 3, 2014
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?”
Why So Many Social Change Organizations Struggle
Alchemy of Change
MARCH 29, 2012
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
How to Help Managers Lead Change
MAY 28, 2014
We’re undergoing significant change and I can’t be everywhere. What can I do to help my managers lead change? Always Do This.
Getting the Message Across: Five Levels of Change Communications
OCTOBER 2, 2013
People often tell me that change communications are the most challenging implementation task. For many changes, this step isn’t necessary.
Change Leadership Challenge 4: Meaningful Employee Participation
MARCH 5, 2014
This is the fourth in a series of posts about change leadership. Meaningful employee participation is important during change.
Systems Thinking for Social Change
DECEMBER 14, 2015
Whenever I sink myself into systems thinking, I realize it should be called systems being.
Change Leadership Challenge 5: Use Networks for Change
APRIL 16, 2014
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.
Alchemy of Change’s New Focus: the Soul
Alchemy of Change
SEPTEMBER 10, 2016
I'm now resuscitating Alchemy of Change with a new focus on exploring the Soul. Announcements Featured Soul soul
Realizing Large Systems Change
FEBRUARY 23, 2015
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.
Change Leadership Challenge 1: Active, Committed Leadership
DECEMBER 18, 2013
This is the first in a series of posts about change leadership. Today’s executives have a great responsibility to enact change.
Complexity and movements change culture
SEPTEMBER 13, 2016
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.
Change Leadership Challenge 2: Compelling Business Case
JANUARY 15, 2014
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.
Societal Change Systems Versus Production Systems
MAY 6, 2016
Distinguishing between Societal Change Systems (SCSs) and Production Systems (PSs) is the new frontier in large systems change work.
Change Leadership Checklist
DECEMBER 26, 2012
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
NOVEMBER 5, 2014
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
Cultivating System Change Webinar Changed
MARCH 20, 2014
Thursday, March 27: Cultivating system change – a practitioners companion. Presenter: … Net Dev
New Book: Change for the Audacious
APRIL 12, 2016
Addressing critical challenges like climate change, food security and equity requires large systems change and development of powerful change systems.
Change Agents as (Intellectual) Shamans
MARCH 19, 2015
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
Societal Change Systems: A Framework to Address Wicked Problems
OCTOBER 5, 2016
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Can you change organizational culture?
MARCH 29, 2012
” Digging into this will allow you two things: Reformulate your mission as you understand what should be preserved and what should be changed.
Change Happens Through People – Even at Walmart
Alchemy of Change
JUNE 16, 2011
Part 1 of 4: Marc Gunther just reviewed Force of Change , the story of Walmart’s conversion to sustainable business practices.
Governance and Large Systems Change: the case of financial inclusion
AUGUST 8, 2016
What are the implications of large systems change for traditional governance structures and public goods production?
Go Slow to Go Fast: Make Your Next Change Initiative Fly
JULY 10, 2013
It represents a major change in how people operate, and it’s tied to a new corporate strategy. Change Leadership Leadership Why Go Slow?
Large Systems Change: an emerging field of transformation and transitions
JULY 6, 2015
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
Changing the Meme of Constant Growth
AUGUST 15, 2014
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
Enabling Early Adopters to Lead Your Change Initiatives
OCTOBER 24, 2016
You can call them whatever you would want to: ambassadors, champions, advocates, evangelists, connectors, change agents, etc. Remember them?
Three Ways Human Networks Can Help Drive Change
JUNE 11, 2014
According to a 2006 McKinsey survey, only 38 percent of change initiatives were completely or mostly successful at improving performance.
Competencies for Effective Societal Change Systems
MAY 25, 2016
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