Resources on systems: Toolkits & Practice Guides

Resources on systems: Toolkits & Practice Guides

Ok you’re committed to taking a systemic approach, now what?

I’ll tell you what — Total Overwhelm — as you Google it and try and work out where on earth to start.

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Launching a new program for system entrepreneurs who are ‘halfway through’

We are excited to announce the launch of our new peer-to-peer learning program, The Systems Sanctuary, for systems entrepreneurs who are head down, sleeves rolled up and have been working on their systems change project for at least two years.

We’ve chosen this group because we see a gaping hole in support for people who are really in the thick of it.

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Mutiny at your workshop 

Mutiny at your workshop 

Everyone who’s convened has been there.

Sometimes it looks like a huddle of people talking at lunchtime, avoiding your eye contact. It can be a friendly chat at dinner, “you should really do x”. Or a more direct hand up in plenary, "we've been talking and we just don't think we're focusing on the right thing." 

Psychologists talk about ‘emotional contagion’. This is where one person's emotions and behaviors directly trigger similar emotions and behaviors in other people. Emotional contagion means that if you don't nip it in the bud, you can have a full blown mutiny on your hands. 

In my experience, there are some important moves you can make to prevent it happening in the first place. Here they are: 

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How to: Changing hearts and minds for systems change

How to: Changing hearts and minds for systems change

“Speak the truth. Speak it loud and often, calmly but insistently, and speak it… to power.” Said Donella Meadows.

When we know a system is oppressing people, or destroying our natural world, how to we inspire enough people to transform it with an urgency that reflects how we feel?

What’s needed is a ‘Paradigm shift’ “a time when the usual and accepted way of doing or thinking about something changes completely”.

In Geels’ (2002) Transition Theory model, this kind of change happens at the ‘Landscape level’:

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“The joy is in the journey”. Really?

“The joy is in the journey”. Really?

When you think of evolving institutions, professions and organizations, joy isn’t necessarily the first word that springs to mind. Change is hard. It feels heavy, political, exhausting and serious. 

But at The Systems Studio joy is front and center of what we do. It is our reason for being.

And here’s why- joy is a brilliant strategy for systems change.

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How to write down practice

How to write down practice

You've had a go at a change initiative. You experimented your way forward and it feels like things have shifted as a result of your intervention. You've inspired people around you, you have a collection of life affirming memories that keep you pushing through the hard bits and now people want you to share what you've done.

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