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Why Collaborative Approaches to Systems Change?

Working with complexity invites a shift in our thinking and mindset. We will work with and apply these mindset shifts in our collaboration while understanding that each requires incremental growth as we move from one end of the spectrum and towards another.

“Very real crises mark our time. And as much as we might like it otherwise, it appears that doing what we have always done, only harder, will not solve them.”—Charles Johnston


From Solutions to Iteration: Approaches to systems change require a continuous iteration between theory, concepts and practice as we try “solutions” and adapt based on learning.


From Immediate to Audacity: We begin with potential in mind by asking ourselves, “what would it take?” to transform our current reality into our desired future, representing the dreams and visions we have for our communities.


From Linear to Circular Thinking: Everything is connected and interrelated. Circular thinking builds the capacity to see the connections as a precursor to seeing where systems are failing people and the planet.


From Personal to Collective: When effective, participants undergo transformation as they transition from how issues impact an individual or singular organization, to how several individuals and organizations can combine their strengths to transcend personal gain for collective good.


From Extractive to Regenerative: Understand our connection to living systems and our role in reducing externalities and building regenerative systems.




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