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Societal Learning and Change


2005. Societal Learning and Change: How Governments, Business and Civil Society are Creating Solutions to Complex Multi-Stakeholder Problems

Societal Learning and Change: How Governments, Business and Civil Society are Creating Solutions to Complex Multi-Stakeholder Problems. Greenleaf Publishing. Sheffield, UK.

“an invaluable guide in building a future we can be proud to leave for our grandchildren” Peter M. Senge

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This book is based upon eight cases of multi-stakeholder collaboration around the world and in various goals: road-building (Madagascar), water and sanitation (South Africa), economic development (India), sustainable forestry (Canada), rice production (Philippines) , banking (US), environmental decision-making (global) and corporate reporting (global). From these cases lessons are developed to guide those developing multi-stakeholder collaborations.

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About the Book

We must and can do much better at addressing issues such as climate change, food security, health, education, environmental degradation, peace-building, water, equity, corruption, and wealth creation.This book is for people working on these types of issues, with the belief that we can create a future that is not just “sustainable”, but also flourishing.This perspective means that the challenge is not just one of simple change, but of transformation – radical change in the way we perceive our world, create relationships and organize our societies.This is the implication of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and other global efforts, and also innumerable efforts locally, nationally and regionally.

This book approaches these challenges as large systems change issues:issues requiring engagement of many, many people and organizations often globally;issues requiring deep innovation with shifts in mindsets and power structures; and issues that require capacity to work with complexity.Large systems change is presented as a new field of practice and knowledge; the book is not about a “method” or particular “approach”;rather it provides an overview of frameworks, methods and approaches to develop capacity to use the appropriate ones in particular contexts.

After introducing concepts of transformation and complexity, the book presents five case studies of large systems change.These cases and others are referenced throughout the remainder of the book to present large systems change strategy, organizing structures, steps in developing the necessary collective action, tools, and guidance for change practitioners.