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Assess Impact in Complex Environments

Posted by Steve Waddell in Blog, M&E on September 25, 2014

A big challenge people are always asking me about is how to measure impact when many organizations and people are involved and when success depends on flexibly changing course in response to learning what works.  They are characteristics of complex


Changing the Meme of Constant Growth

Posted by Steve Waddell in Net Dev on August 15, 2014

Constant growth is driving humanity off an ecological cliff, writes Dr. Sandra Waddock (Boston College). She describes how growth has become a “meme,” a core value, and she identifies diverse alternatives, from “thrivability” to “enough.” Dr. Waddock is active with


Ecosynomics: Transforming to a Collaborative Future

Posted by Steve Waddell in Net Dev on August 5, 2014

Transformation involves changes in basic assumptions.  Changing the basic economic paradigm assumption from managing scarcity to an “ecosynomics” one of great abundance is a transformation that my good colleague Jim Ritchie-Dunham is working on.  In his new book Ecosynomics, …


Complex Change: An emerging field

Posted by Steve Waddell in Net Dev on July 30, 2014

Complex change challenges are a specific type of change challenge that is the growing focus of an impressive array of work.  An earlier blog distinguished complex environments from simple, complicated and chaotic ones through Dave Snowden’s cynefin framework.  It can …


Labs as a Large Systems Change Strategy

Posted by Steve Waddell in Net Dev on July 21, 2014

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 …


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