Networks as Learning Systems

Networking Action

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

Collaboration Systems and Wearables

Michael Sampson - Currents

The Apple and Android options allow the installation of apps, meaning these have the potential to be used in conjunction with collaboration systems. – add notes to note-taking systems, like OneNote and Evernote. Some systems allow you to read notes too.

2015 221

System of Systems


Welcome to *the* System of Systems ! That’s right, the latest film from the Smarter Planet initiative from IBM is titled “ System of Systems &# and lasts for a little bit over 4 minutes.

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

2017 130

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. The distinction provides enormous operational advantages to address scale.

2016 130

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

2015 233

Tinkering with the system won’t help reinvent the purpose of education

Jenny Connected

The event was advertised as ‘reinventing education’, but for me (and I can’t find a recording of the webinar to check my perception and understanding), the discussion was more about how and what changes could be made to the existing education system (in this case the American education system).

2019 208

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.

2015 142

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 130

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.

2017 116

Systems Thinking for Social Change

Networking Action

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

Mapping Systemic Change Processes

Networking Action

Joe Hsueh is a GOLDEN Ecosystems Labs Steward along with me, who works on large system change issues by applying system dynamics modeling. Drawing from these experiences, he has developed a system dynamics map that describes generic systemic change processes … Blog Change

2014 130

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

2014 205

Thinking about Large Scale System Change

Networking Action

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 Sandra Waddock – Boston College.

2013 211

A Transforming Philanthropy Large Systems Change Initiative

Networking Action

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

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). Presenter: … Net Dev

2014 151

Wicked Problems, Governance as Learning Systems

Networking Action

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

Webinar: Peace-building as large systems change

Networking Action

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: j/260856719 ; or +1 408 638 0968 (US … Net Dev

2015 160

Realizing Large Systems Change

Networking Action

The second in a free webinar series. Action Networks: Global to local structures for change. Friday , March 27, 2015: 1-2 PM Eastern Time. Guests: Steve Waddell and Tom Bigda-Peyton. While change always requires local action, change efforts are almost … Net Dev

2015 109

Competencies for Effective Societal Change Systems

Networking Action

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 inevitable instability of systems

Bas Rues

Sometimes we tend to believe in the stability of systems. Systems are sometimes designed, think about road- or rail systems, or sometimes they are discovered, like stellar systems or the behavior of ant colonies. Without energy a system is dead (maybe stable?),

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

Making CommunitySense

” Social Media Systems Design for Open Innovation Communities was just published in J.E. A fundamental challenge for open innovation lies in the successful crafting of the social media systems supporting the community conversations.

2013 222

Labs as a Large Systems Change Strategy

Networking Action

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

Re-Imagining a System for Health and Safety

Michael Sampson - Currents

I was asked to look at this current system. The word “database” was used in describing the current system to me. The construction division at one of my clients used a health and safety database.

2018 116

An operating system for living

Viv Mcwaters

An operating system for living is a post from: Enough said, really. Share this on Facebook. Share this on LinkedIn. Email this to a friend? Tweet This! No related posts. Related posts brought to you by Yet Another Related Posts Plugin. Improv

Large Systems Change: an emerging field of transformation and transitions

Networking Action

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

The Problem With Systems

How to Save the World

illustrative system diagram from my post on Systems Theory. T he fundamental problem with systems is the illusion that they actually exist. A system is a concept — the mind’s patterning to conclude that a bunch of things or phenomena are in some way connected or related.

2016 68

Competitive Intelligence System Success Factors

Portals and KM

Nicholas Herold wrote the post, 8 Qualities of a Successful Competitive Intelligence System.   Even need a competitive intelligence system is used there can still be issues of finding the right stuff at the right time and noticing the outliers that are predictors of critical market shifts. Nicholas lists eight qualities that you should look for in a competitive intelligence systems to reduce the risk of missing what is truly important.

systemic cognition and support in socio-technical systems

Taming the spaces

distributed cognition learning layers spaces

2014 122

Large Systems Change Monday, Wednesday webinars

Networking Action

This are two of a free series of webinars on Large Systems Change. Click here for the series information, including past recordings. Register by sending an email to with “Webinar Registration” in the subject line. Date: Monday, Oct. 26… Net Dev

2015 116

The Array of Tools for Large Systems Change

Networking Action

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

Developing Large Systems Change Leadership

Networking Action

For a recording of the webinar described below, go here. Slides are available here. For more information about the Academy, go here. For access to the toolbox described in the webinar, go here. Presenter: Klaus Althoff … Net Dev

2014 116

Webinar Series on Transformation and Large Systems Change

Networking Action

The series looks at current work on the topic of transformation and large systems change (LSC) from various perspectives.

2014 201

Why Large System Change? A “Wicked Problems” Perspective

Networking Action

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 By: Domenico Dentoni.

2013 192

Part 2: From Change Initiatives to Change Systems

Networking Action

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

2014 164

New publication: Towards Sheltered Communication Systems Design – A Socio-Technical Perspective

Making CommunitySense

Towards Sheltered Communication Systems Design: A Socio-Technical Perspective. One of these requirements concerns the need for sheltered communication systems: systems that support and interlink spheres of stakeholder communication with different required degrees of opacity.

2013 163

Governance and Large Systems Change: the case of financial inclusion

Networking Action

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

Using Collaboration Patterns for Contextualizing Roles in Community Systems Design

Making CommunitySense

On October 28, I presented my paper “Using Collaboration Patterns for Contextualizing Roles in Community Systems Design&# at the Community Informatics Research Network 2010 Conference (CIRN 2010) in Prato, Italy. Activation of collaborative communities is hampered by the communicative fragmentation that is at least partially caused by their distributed tool systems.

Roles 130

Large Systems Change: An Emerging Field of Transformation and Transitions

Networking Action

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

Societal Change Systems: A Framework to Address Wicked Problems

Networking Action

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

A Big System Organizing Method

Networking Action

We need new methodologies to develop networks. Our usual tools of interviews, mapping, dialogues and the growing range of meeting processes can’t deliver the scale and handle the complexity that characterize many of the pressing issues of today. And they’re … Net Dev GFI mapping

Systems Thinking and Complexity 101

How to Save the World

T here are four main purposes for learning about complexity and systems thinking: To appreciate how organic (complex) systems (bodies, organizations, cultures, ecosystems) really work. Why don’t the existing IT systems have a mechanism to capture knowledge?

2014 97

Systemic strategy planning with Youth Employment Systems

Networking Action

Youth Employment Systems (YES) and the Institute for Strategic Clarity undertook a strategic planning process for Latin America using the Managing from Clarity framework. The framework works with multiple stakeholders to build an integrated understanding of the… Events