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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

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

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 233

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 234

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

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 208

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

2013 245

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 189

Webinar – What is “Transformation” and why is understanding its qualities important?

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Date: Thursday, May 18. Time: 10 am US Eastern Time; 16.00 This Webinar is Hosted by Future Earth, and supported by the SDG Transformation Forum, the Future Earth Transformation Knowledge Action Network, Transformations2017 , and Geneva2030. Topic: What … Net Dev

2017 131

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 186

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 205

New Transformations Website

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I want to encourage all to join the SDG Transformations Forum blog (weekly, registration on upper right) and newsletter (quarterly, registration bottom of all site pages). The Forum is my major focus these days, and we aim for it to … Net Dev

2018 100

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

Two Great Systems Change Resource

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While the US is mired in self-conscious political quagmire, Europeans continue to make impressive contributions to large systems change (LSC) knowledge. This week I’ve looked at two documents that deepen understanding about, and strategic guidance for, LSC. The first is … Net Dev

2017 130

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 225

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

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

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

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

Ecosynomics: Transforming to a Collaborative Future

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Transformation involves changes in basic assumptions. Changing the basic economic paradigm assumption from managing scarcity to an “ecosynomics” one of great abundance is a transformation that my good colleague Jim Ritchie-Dunham is working on. In his new book Ecosynomics , … Net Dev

2014 196

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

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

2014 190

Wicked Problems, Governance as Learning Systems

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Wicked Problems, Governance as Learning Systems. Anyone working on multi-stakeholder issues is probably working with a “wicked problem”. That is actually a technical, academic term that has spurred some valuable work on how to take action in such a situation, … Net Dev

2013 230

Thinking about Large Scale System Change

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Sandra Waddock – Boston College. This is part of a series of guest blogs on large systems change. Large scale systems change (LSSC) involves multiple organizations, systems, and groups, often from two or more sectors, that take actions to deliberately … Change Net Dev

2013 211

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

2015 160

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

Webinar Series on Transformation and Large Systems Change

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The series looks at current work on the topic of transformation and large systems change (LSC) from various perspectives. The goal is to support development of the LSC field by creating conversation amongst practitioners and knowledge developers about theories/strategies and … Blog Change

2014 201

Labs as a Large Systems Change Strategy

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The concept of “labs” as a way to address complex issues is a relatively new concept. Zaid Hassan, in the Social Labs Revolution, estimates it to be about 20 years old. His intimate involvement in developing a number of them … Net Dev

2014 185

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

Towards a Charter Moment – why we need Large System Change in Global Governance for Sustainability

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By: Ruben Zondervan – Executive Director, Earth System Governance Project. This is one of a series of guest blogs on large systems change written as part of GOLDEN’s Ecosystems Labs activ ity. Global environmental protection has featured high on the … Change

2014 194

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 151

From Social Movements to Societal Transformation Networks

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Excerpt from: Waddell, Steve. Forthcoming) Change for the Audacious: A doer’s guide. The closest historic answer to the transformation challenges of our day is represented in the 19 th century invention of social movements. These are often referenced by those … Net Dev

2015 152

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

Transformative Innovation

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By Amir Khorsani – Manchester Business School. This is one of a series of guest blogs on large systems change written as part of GOLDEN’s Ecosystems Labs activity. . A Definition. Transformative innovations (TI) do not always begin with radical scientific … Change Net Dev

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

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 151

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

Why Large System Change? A “Wicked Problems” Perspective

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By: Domenico Dentoni. The is part of a series on the topic of “Large Systems Change” One of the key questions relative to Large System Change (LSC) as a potential new subject of study is whether it is needed or … Blog Change

2013 192

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.

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