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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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. The distinction provides enormous operational advantages to address scale.

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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 61

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

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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)?” 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

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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

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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

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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

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Part 2: From Change Initiatives to Change Systems

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Part 1 described global energy as a change system with five subsystems. The question was then asked: “What makes a (sub) system successful?” and “What must it do well, in order to realize its change goal?” Academically, these questions lead … Change

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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Large Systems Change: An Emerging Field of Transformation and Transitions

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Waddell, S., Waddock, S., Cornell, S., Dentoni, D., McLachlan, M., & Meszoely, G. 2015). Large Systems Change: An Emerging Field of Transformation and Transitions. Journal of Corporate Citizenship(58). In this paper we put forward a theory of large systems … Published Articles

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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

2014 57

Realizing Large Systems Change

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

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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

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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

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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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Call for Papers: Large Systems Change, Transformations and Transitions: An emerging field

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Call For Papers: The Journal of Corporate Citizenship. Special Issue: Large Systems Change, Transformations and Transitions: An emerging field. NOTE: THERE IS A VERY TIGHT PRODUCTION SCHEDULE. The Editorial Team. This issue is being developed by the GOLDEN Ecosystems Lab … Net Dev

2014 56

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 27

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

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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

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Wednesday Transformations Webinar: Global Partnership for Prevention of Armed Conflict

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Date: Wednesday, Sept. Topic: The Global Partnership for Prevention of Conflict: Transforming conflict. Time: 8am PT/ 11am ET/ 3pm UK/ 4pm CET. Place: https://zoom.us/j/953860378 j/953860378 ; or +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll) or +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll) … Net Dev

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Leadership and Networks: A new resource

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Traditional organization approaches to leadership can lead to disaster with networks – I’ve seen wrong headedness turn networks into hierarchical organizations that unwittingly eviscerate the benefits for choosing a network in the first place. What are the core principles of … Blog Leadership

2013 57

A Civil Society Transformation Challenge

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Civil society has failed miserably to influence critical trends such as climate change and the social-economic development agenda. That was the message from Kumi Naidoo at the annual Civicus World Assembly in Montreal. Kumi, since 2009 the Greenpeace International Executive … Blog Net Dev civicus

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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Dilemmas of Interorganizational Learning

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A new publication pushes the boundaries of what is known about interorganizational learning (IOL). In the latest issue of the Dutch-based capacity.org , IOL is looked at from the perspective of the publication’s main audience: the non-profit development sector. Reflecting … Net Dev

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Value of Multi-stakeholder Partnerships: an audit framework

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How can collaboration between nonprofits and businesses most effectively co-create significant economic, social, and environmental value for society, organizations, and individuals? Business-NGO networks must understand how to answer that question if they are to be effective. New insight to answer … Net Dev

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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 27

The Many Sources of Transformation and Large Systems Change Knowledge

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This is a webinar recording drawing from work with a World Bank project to create a framework for describing large systems change knowledge. I draw from streams of practice and study arising from four historic focii: (1) business and sustainable … Net Dev

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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

2016 27

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

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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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Global Change Research: Radically Inter- and Transdisciplinary Environments

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Traditional science is failing our large systems change challenges. Climate change, for example, not only requires non-scientists to change – it requires scientists and the way they work to change as well. This is the core message of a new … Net Dev

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