Systems Thinking and Systems Change
A Collaborative-Systemic Strategy Addressing the Dynamics of Poverty in Guatemala: Converting Seeming Impossibilities into Strategic Probabilities
A multi-year on-going project sponsored by CARE and the Institute for Strategic Clarity brought together Guatemalan leaders from 26 conflicting groups in business, civil society, and government to develop their first shared understanding of what causes their poverty and how
ABLe Change Framework is a model designed to help communities and states more effectively address the significant social issues affecting children, youth, and families. The model is based on that premise that communities can achieve transformative results when they make
Systems Thinking For Social Change: A Practical Guide to Solving Complex Problems, Avoiding Unintended Consequences, and Achieving Lasting Results
Systems Thinking for Social Change enables readers to contribute more effectively to society by helping them understand what systems thinking is and why it is so important in their work. It offers concrete guidance on how to incorporate systems thinking
Much of what is written about systems change in the social sector is abstract in tone, polemical, and more concerned with diagnosing what is wrong than with offering concrete solutions. While the diagnosis of problems is often persuasive, the shortage of
Effectively illustrates how systems thinking tools can help increase the value and impact of our community and state-wide change initiatives.
Whereas Part 1 of this article focused on the dynamics of complex social systems, Part 2 addresses the implications of those dynamics for foundations.
Systems thinking offers a range of analytic tools to improve our capacity to think systemically, including ways to distinguish problem symptoms from root causes, reinforcing and balancing feedback, system archetypes, mental models, and system purpose and goals.