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This is a blog for people who want to vastly improve ways to address critical challenges of the 21st century such as climate change, poverty, sustainable agriculture, corruption, water, security, the financial system, forests, and marine resources. These are global challenges that require big changes in us as individuals, our organizations and our societies. We are developing organizing innovations to address these challenges, and this blog aims to spur further development and dissemination of those innovations.

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 …


Developing Large Systems Change Leadership

Posted by Steve Waddell in Net Dev on June 9, 2014

For a recording of the webinar described below, go here. Slides are available here.  For more information about the Academy, go here.  For access to the toolbox described in the webinar, go here.

Presenter:  Klaus Althoff


Emergent Design Webinar

Posted by Steve Waddell in Net Dev on April 16, 2014

Topic:  Emergent Design

Traditional planning strategies do not work for complex challenges:  too much is changing and there is continual learning about appropriate action.  Another approach relevant for such situations is emergent design.  This is iterative design that crystalizes as …


Cultivating system change – a practitioners companion

Posted by Steve Waddell in Net Dev on March 28, 2014

Anna Birney is a leader in the large systems change community who is a GOLDEN Ecosystems Lab Steward and Head of System Innovation Lab for Forum for the Future and completing her doctorate.  Drawing from these experiences, she led a …


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