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Five Large Systems Change Trends

Posted by Steve Waddell in Change on April 7, 2015

Anyone working on big change issues should have an eye to mega system changes. Five of these are laid out as the basis for optimistic directions – the megatrends to ride and amplify – in Thinking the Twenty-First Century: Ideas for the new political economy. The author, Malcolm McIntosh, is...

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Change Agents as (Intellectual) Shamans

Posted by Steve Waddell in Change, Leadership on March 19, 2015

Transformational change makers are shamans. In her book Intellectual Shamans Sandra Waddock focuses on 28 leading business academics of transformational intellectual impact that include ones well-known as change makers such as Otto Scharmer, David Cooperrider and Ed Schein. It is a book that presents insight about the development and work...

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Part 3: From Change Initiatives to Change Systems with the Systemic Change Matrix

Posted by Steve Waddell in Change on November 5, 2014

Part 1 introduced the concept of change system and five subsystems through a project on the global change system for electricity;  Part 2 described the seven functions necessary for these systems to be effective.  In this blog, these are integrated into a tool called the Systemic Change Matrix (SCM) that...

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Part 2: From Change Initiatives to Change Systems

Posted by Steve Waddell in Change on November 3, 2014

Part 1 described global energy as a change system with five subsystems.  The question was then asked: “What makes a (sub) system successful?” and “What must it do well, in order to realize its change goal?” Academically, these questions lead to questions about “functions” or “activities” that are necessary for...

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From Change Initiatives to Change Systems: Part 1

Posted by Steve Waddell in Change, Net Dev on October 24, 2014

Global change systems are evolving all around us.  But is there a way to strengthen them and speed the pace of transformation to address critical issues of health, climate and poverty?  In Milan last week a dozen people met for a day and a half to explore innovative frameworks to...

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