Resource Type: Articles & Publications

Thinking in Systems: A Primer

Thinking in Systems is a concise and crucial book offering insight for problem solving on scales ranging from the personal to the global. Edited by the Sustainability Institute’s Diana Wright, this essential primer brings systems thinking out of the realm of computers and equations and into the tangible world, showing readers how to develop the …

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Thinking Strategically About Networks for Change

This guide helps program officers determine whether—and how—to establish or enhance a network to support their initiatives—featuring the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN).

8 Steps to Accelerate Change

The 8-Step Process for Leading Change was cultivated from over four decades of Dr. Kotter’s observations of countless leaders and organizations as they were trying to transform or execute their strategies. He identified and extracted the success factors and combined them into a methodology, the award-winning 8-Step Process for Leading 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 to collectively address these causes. This strategy-level project incorporated collaborative appreciative inquiry and resource-based systems …

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The Able Change Framework

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 local system and community conditions the intentional targets of their change initiatives, when they pursue …

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Three Streams Theory

Presentation of a theory explaining how and why a particular subject gains visibility, credibility, and importance on a public policy agenda.

Private Foundations and Public Policymaking: A Historical Perspective

The evolving role of American foundations in the public policy process, looking at how foundations have influenced policymaking, the outcomes they’ve brought about, how they effective broader social, economic and political change, and what are and what should be the limits of their role in democratic society.

Human-Centered Design 101

This free, online 9-week course, led by Ideo.org, utilizes human-centered design (a creative approach to problem-solving) for social innovation and walks participants through the process using an interactive methodology.