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

Making CommunitySense

We illustrate the use of this lens with a plausible scenario of open innovation in the societal stakeholder networks around climate change research. My joint book chapter with Mark Aakhus, “It’s the Conversation, Stupid!”

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

Making CommunitySense

Theme: “Exploring Labs for Social Change” Social innovation labs are very popular as instruments for “changing the system” However, what actually happens in these labs? How do they help accomplish social change? How do we change values, etc.

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“Designing Social Cities of Tomorrow” workshop – presentation notes

Making CommunitySense

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.

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Research consultancy: taking the plunge?

Making CommunitySense

This theoretical sanity check sometimes leads to profound changes in your thinking, which can be most stimulating. On February 18, SIKS, the Netherlands Research School for Information and Knowledge Systems , organized a career day for Ph.D. students, with the goal of making Ph.D.

Liberating Voices book published

Making CommunitySense

Liberating Voices brings together a multitude of ideas and suggestions from a variety of perspectives including activism and social change, education, community informatics, governance, media, development, information science, economics, journalism, arts and culture.

Collaboration Patterns as Building Blocks for Community Informatics

Making CommunitySense

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. As in previous years , the conference brought together an interesting mix of researchers and practitioners from North and South, discussing ways to effectively use information and communication technologies to foster community building.

Yes We Can 2.0

Making CommunitySense

Happy Change Year! It’s amazing what transformative power Web 2.0 services are increasingly making available to everybody at (almost) no cost. Using Animoto “The End of Slideshows&# I just made a professional looking video supported by (Creative Commons)-music out of my collection of 1993 Clayoquot Sound uprising -pics for only US$ 3,- (30 sec videos are even free): Compare this to the static slideshows “of old&#.

Mr. Community President

Making CommunitySense

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. We were wondering if anybody would have any idea how we as a community of social change catalysts could practically link up with the now permanent campaign for social change forming around the Obama nucleus? [The text of an e-mail I just sent to the Community Informatics Researchers-mailing list ].

When Context Transcends Change Management

Elsua

What if everything we have been told about Change Management over the course of the last few decades was all just … plain wrong? What if research keeps telling us, over and over again, how ’ most change efforts fail ’ ? Do we still think that organisations can change?

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From Change Initiatives to Change Systems

Networking Action

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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Five Large Systems Change Trends

Networking Action

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

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Change Experts’ Change Challenge

Networking Action

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

Networking Action

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?” Academically, these questions lead … Change The question was then asked: “What makes a (sub) system successful?”

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Why So Many Social Change Organizations Struggle

Alchemy of Change

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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Change Leadership Challenge 3: Embedding Change

Partnering Resources

This is the third in a series of posts about change leadership. Embed your change in to the fabric of your organization. Unfortunately, employees have enough negative experiences with aborted initiatives to be cautious when leaders hype a new change. Change Navigation Leadershi

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Systems Change Funding

Networking Action

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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Realizing Large Systems Change

Networking Action

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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Systems Thinking for Social Change

Networking Action

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

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Two Great Systems Change Resource

Networking Action

While the US is mired in self-conscious political quagmire, Europeans continue to make impressive contributions to large systems change (LSC) knowledge.

2017 31

How to Help Managers Lead Change

Partnering Resources

We’re undergoing significant change and I can’t be everywhere. What can I do to help my managers lead change? That significant change is just one item on their very full plates. Never forbid local innovation and creativity during change.

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Societal Change System Stewards: A large systems change frontier

Networking Action

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.

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Getting the Message Across: Five Levels of Change Communications

Partnering Resources

People often tell me that change communications are the most challenging implementation task. This tool, the Five Levels of Communication , provides a simple, intuitive, and logical method for planning and implementing communication during change initiatives.

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Change Leadership Challenge 4: Meaningful Employee Participation

Partnering Resources

This is the fourth in a series of posts about change leadership. Previous posts covered active, committed leadership , building a compelling business case , and embedding change. Meaningful employee participation is important during change.

Cultivating System Change Webinar Changed

Networking Action

Thursday, March 27: Cultivating system change – a practitioners companion. NOTE: The day has been changed to Thursday, and times are different for US/Canada because of daylight savings irregularities: 8am PT/ 11am ET/ 3pm UK/ 4pm CET (1 hour).

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Part 3: From Change Initiatives to Change Systems

Networking Action

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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Societal Change Systems Versus Production Systems

Networking Action

Distinguishing between Societal Change Systems (SCSs) and Production Systems (PSs) is the new frontier in large systems change work. An SCS comprises all those change efforts – programs, projects, networks, collaborations, … Net Dev

2016 48

Alchemy of Change’s New Focus: the Soul

Alchemy of Change

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

2016 58

Can you change organizational culture?

Net-Map Toolbox

So if you want to change organizational culture, the first task is to clarify with the person who came up with this, what exactly they are talking about, what are concrete examples of “when this happens we tend to do that” that they are not happy with.

Change Leadership Challenge 5: Use Networks for Change

Partnering Resources

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 Make sure your next change initiative isn’t undermined by tapping proactively into your company’s hidden human networks. Covert influencers can make or break a change process. Chances are that they have reasons for opposing change that you should know.

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Change Agents as (Intellectual) Shamans

Networking Action

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.

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Change Leadership Challenge 1: Active, Committed Leadership

Partnering Resources

This is the first in a series of posts about change leadership. Today’s executives have a great responsibility to enact change. Yet these activities – all of which have significant change-management components to them – can be dogged with challenges. Prioritize the Change.

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New Book: Change for the Audacious

Networking Action

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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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? Too often, leaders introduce the rationale for their change efforts in murky terms like, “It will help improve our bottom line” and then expect employees to jump to action.

2014 61

Complexity and movements change culture

Chris Corrigan

They adjust and learn as they go, and they both respond to and change their context. The key thing to notice here is that culture is changed by evolving movements, not linear programs. Cultures are complex and require complexity to change them.

2016 29

The myth of managed culture change

Chris Corrigan

For a long time I have known that the idea that culture change can be managed is a myth. The idea that a “culture change initiative” can be rolled out from the top of an organization is not only a myth, it’s a hidden form of colonization.

2017 27

Change Leadership Checklist

Partnering Resources

Change Leadership Checklist. It’s a holiday week in the US so, for this blog post, here’s a gift: a downloadable checklist to help you think through your next change effort. Change leaders need to answer key questions in each phase before moving on to the next.

Change Happens Through People – Even at Walmart

Alchemy of Change

Part 1 of 4: Marc Gunther just reviewed Force of Change , the story of Walmart’s conversion to sustainable business practices. When the world’s largest public corporation makes any big change, it’s noteworthy. But this change could very well help save the world.

Enabling Early Adopters to Lead Your Change Initiatives

Elsua

You can call them whatever you would want to: ambassadors, champions, advocates, evangelists, connectors, change agents, etc.

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Changing the Meme of Constant Growth

Networking Action

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

Large Systems Change: an emerging field of transformation and transitions

Networking Action

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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