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Free Content Turning Point - Large Systems Change: Producing the Change We Want

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There is ample evidence that something basic is wrong with the way we are approaching change and transformation. It is not simply a problem of political willa term that covers a wide range of failings. It is not as though we can magically have an enlightened public and private leaders and presto the problem is taken care of No. A fundamental problem is that we don't know how to change at a scale that the challenges require. They require global change in basic frameworks, sense-making, definitions of purpose, and organising and production processes, all with huge power implications.

The pressures for timely action to respond to clear environmental imperatives appear to be overwhelming our ability to undertake large system change and transformation. We are blowing through climate change stabilisation goals, biodiversity is collapsing and the seas are rising. Taking a more systemic approach to developing change systems is critical to reversing this situation.

One powerful way to improve the situation is to much more categorically focus on the development of change systems. There are many, many initiatives aiming for change but they are not, collectively, a change system. They represent a lot of individual, insightful entrepreneurs and initiatives that are focused on particular pieces of the change challenge. However, they do form the elements of what can emerge as effective change systems.
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Publication date: March 1, 2014

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