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Creating Purposive Transformation

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Whether to transform is not a choice. Our world is transforming. Every day we see signs that the environmental, political and social structures of the 20 th century are crumbling: plummeting bio-diversity, fracturing of governments and rise in autocracy, and … Net Dev

2018 158

Climate Change Transformation Requires a New Research Approach

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Ioan Fazey , Councillor – SDG Transformations Forum; Professor Social Dimensions of Environmental Change – University of Dundee. The world is becoming a confusing place, with change all around us. Issues are ever more complex and interconnected and humanity is … Net Dev

2018 141

Four Strategies for Transformation

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Four distinct strategies undertaken to realize transformation are described in a new article in Stanford Social Innovation Review. Two cases are presented to illustrate the strategies: marriage equality (same-sex marriage) in the US and the energy transition in Germany. … Net Dev

2018 100

A Transforming Philanthropy Large Systems Change Initiative

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Tens of trillions of dollars. That’s the estimated financial wealth of the nearly 200 billionaires who have signed up to the Giving Pledge. Founded in 2010 with 40 of America’s wealthiest people including Bill and Melinda Gates and … Net Dev

2017 130

Tranformation Strategies as Creation and Destruction

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Large systems change (LSC) is a very tumultuous activity. It is not just the product of generative dialogue, emergent insights and clear intellectual reasoning. There are also pitched battles, sometimes literally to the death. LSC strategists must deal with these … Net Dev

2016 207

The Path to 2030

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What are the trends that will influence our ability to realize the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030? This was the question that I was asked to address in a keynote to the annual meeting of the Global Donor Platform for … Net Dev

2017 130

Systems Change Funding

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Wondering how grantmaking can be more systemic and transformative? A great Systems Grantmaking Resource Guide helps answer that question. Although aimed for grantmakers, it’s also valuable for donor agencies and those applying for funding. The guide is the product of … Net Dev

2017 130

Societal Change Systems: A Framework to Address Wicked Problems

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Issues such as climate change, poverty, sustainable agriculture, and health care are described as wicked, messy, complex, and multi-level: they involve many hundreds of o rganizations at a national level; at a global level this easily increases to many thousands. … Net Dev

2016 141

Conferences for ENGAGEMENT…rather than display

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“Conferences can lead to both knowledge exchange and impact – we just have to do them differently,” writes Mark Reed. Amen to that. I, too, don’t want to go to conferences designed around cutting off the top of heads and … Net Dev

2017 100

Transformations Masterclass

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New education opportunities for transformation and large systems change are emerging. Here’s an option by some of the most sophisticated doers and thinkers in the field, with the framework of “Transitions”, particularly popular in Europe! * * * * * … Net Dev

2016 141

115 Must Know Facts about Social Media

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Social media is an increasingly important change tool. I was sent this very interesting infographic that summarizes nicely some important social media qualities. Source: Skilled … Net Dev

2016 131

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. Change or the Audacious is for people working on these types of issues, with the belief that we can create … Net Dev

2016 151

The Array of Tools for Large Systems Change

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The early stage of development of the field of large systems change (LSC) knowledge and practice is reflected in the fragmentation of knowledge, tools, and methods amongst pioneer innovators and their specialties: collective impact is associated with FSG, David Cooperrider … Net Dev

2016 141

Transformation Governance is Taking Off

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Transformation governance is collective decision-making and action processes to realize deep change. It is relevant to every issue arena. It is not about “government”; rather it is the much broader processes that can involve many stakeholders…indeed, many see transformation governance … Net Dev

2016 126

Complexity unraveled: complex change agents’ stories

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What is in common amongst a Danish prison, the London Business School, and the world’s largest refugee camp for internally displace people? In complexity unravlled: the power of collaboration in successful change leadership they are presented as a rich array … Net Dev

2015 164

The Next 10 years of Social Innovation

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Indy Johar writes: The last ten years have been an important, formative period for the revival of social innovation, we have seen a new generation of actors contribute to the renewal of our societal goods. The work of the Young … Net Dev

2017 100

Networks as Learning Systems

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Most networks have “learning” as an important activity, but I’ve seen no impressive examples of systemic network learning strategies. The International Land Coalition (ILC) has made a big step forward to develop just that, described as its Systematic Knowledge and … Learning ILC

2015 169

Climate Change Transformations Paper Call

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Call for Papers to a Special Issue of Action Research journal on Climate Change Transformations. The science of climate change tells us that too much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is disrupting climate patterns (IPCC, 2014). It is clear that … Net Dev

2017 100

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? I recently dived into the question looking at the impact of financial inclusion on finance governance, including central banks. The was done in collaboration … Net Dev

2016 130

Societal Change System Stewards: A large systems change frontier

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Addressing large systems change challenges such as sustainable energy, health care and poverty can be greatly enhanced by development of powerful societal change systems (SCSs) comprising all those organizations, projects and programs aiming to realize change. SCS Stewards can greatly … Net Dev

2017 116

Transformation and the Measurement Challenge

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What is the relationship between traditional measures, such as national indices, log frames, results frameworks, and efficiency concepts, with the complex quality of transformation? How can/should the field of knowledge and practice advance? This webinar brings together three people who … Net Dev

2017 100

Developing the Ecosystem for Financing Transformation with the SDGs: A Foundation and Science View

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Transformation requires substantial investment in the change process: experimenting and identifying transformative solutions, creating capacity, and sustaining the actual change effort over the many years the process requires. A webinar will focus on the these issues and the role of … Net Dev

2017 100

Emerging Metanarratives and Transformation

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Transformation involves the creation of dominant new orientations, structures, and ways of global understanding. A core part of this is developing new visions and narratives about the way the world does/should work. Sustainable development” is part of this, but much … Net Dev

2017 100

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

2016 130

The SDGs and Transformation

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“Transformation” describes change of great depth and breadth; one framing distinguishes transformation from incremental change and reform. The SDGs describe a global future for 2030. What is the relationship between the SDGs and transformation? What are the implications for SDG … Net Dev

2017 100

Network Hubs as Franchises?

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Can network hubs be structured as franchises in a global change network? That’s a question that arose in some recent work that I did with the Savory Institute. The Institute is developing a global network of hubs to realize … Blog Net Dev

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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. Five of these are laid out as the basis for optimistic directions – the megatrends to ride and amplify – in Thinking the Twenty-First Century: Ideas … Change

2015 158

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. The distinction provides enormous operational advantages to address scale.

2016 130

Assess Impact in Complex Environments

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A big challenge people are always asking me about is how to measure impact when many organizations and people are involved and when success depends on flexibly changing course in response to learning what works. They are characteristics of complex … Blog M&E complexity

From Change Initiatives to Change Systems

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Global change systems are evolving all around us. But is there a way to strengthen them and speed the pace of transformation to address critical issues of health, climate and poverty? In Milan last week a dozen people met for … Net Dev

2014 158

Societal Change Systems: A Framework to Address Wicked Problems

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Issues such as climate change, poverty, sustainable agriculture, and health care are described as wicked, messy, complex, and multi-level: they involve many hundreds of organizations at a national level; at a global level this easily increases to many thousands. Their … Published Articles

2016 109

Systems Thinking for Social Change

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Whenever I sink myself into systems thinking, I realize it should be called systems being. As David Stroh describes in his new book Systems Thinking and Social Change integrating systems awareness has spiritual, emotional, and physical as well as mental … Net Dev

2015 130

Large Systems Change: an emerging field of transformation and transitions

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

2015 140

1st Global Conference on Positive Change

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Join me and others at the 1st Global Conference on Positive Change 13 – 14 April 2017, The Netherlands … Net Dev

2017 100

An Audacious Change Effort

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A very audacious change initiative reached a milestone October 8 by issuing a report: The Financial System We Need. It is the product of the two-year UNEP Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System that was established … Net Dev

2015 130

Six Steps to Developing a Societal Change System

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Large systems change efforts are greatly strengthened by strategies to create powerful Societal Change Systems (SCSs). Such systems are naturally occurring around any particular change challenge such as sustainable forestry, social justice and food security. However, they are largely invisible … Net Dev

2017 100

Dialogic Organization Development and Transformational Change

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By Gervase Bushe – Simon Fraser University. This is one of a series of guest blogs on large systems change written as part of GOLDEN’s Ecosystems Labs activ ity. Dialogical Organization Development is a label Bob Marshak and I have … Blog Change

2013 173

Business Models for Global Transformation Networks

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What are the business models for Global Action Networks (GANs) – global multi-stakeholder change networks like the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Transparency International (TI) and the Global Water Partnership (GWP)? That was the question addressed by a new report for … Net Dev

2016 100

Social Innovation Labs

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Anyone interested in transformation processes will find Social Innovation Lab Guide a must read. For those actually developing a lab, it provides a detailed design, tools, examples, and advice; for those wanting to understand the role of labs in a … Net Dev

2015 130

Webinar: Peace-building as large systems change

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This is part of a webinar series on large systems complex change. Date: Tuesday, Sept. Time: 9am PT/ noon ET/ 5pm UK/ 6pm CET/ 7pm Amman. Topic: Peace building. Place: https://zoom.us/j/260856719 j/260856719 ; or +1 408 638 0968 (US … Net Dev

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