Anna Birney

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Director of System Change Learning and Community

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I am passionate about designing and facilitating programmes for individuals, organizations and systems to learn and find innovative approaches to change. This requires an experimental approach which drives cutting edge system change practice.

I am currently driving the School of System Change which is curating and offer access to the best learning experiences, tools and case studies so as to build a global learning community, for accomplished and aspiring change agents. Continuing the work of the System Innovation Lab exploring the edges of system change practice - looking at how we might accelerate the next wave or the fundamental paradigm system change required.

My own journey has meant I have worked on a wider range of system change strategies and projects. I started facilitating multi stakeholder processes around the WSSD in 2002. At WWF-UK I ran a six year system change education programme, including a project with the NCSL to set up 56 communities of practice to knit innovative practices together. This experience supported me in developing practical strategic system change frameworks for WWF-UK and Forum but also for organisations such as Unilever, Nike, Shell Foundation, Caluste Gulbenkian Foundation, Innovate UK and the NHS; whilst coaching on a wide number of projects and initiatives across sectors and systems.
I have a postgraduate diploma at Bath University in action research and a PhD at Lancaster on ‘How might people and organisations, who seek a sustainable future, cultivate systemic change?’.  

My dream project? Exploring how we can shift our values and perspectives so we see ourselves as embedded in the continuum of life. I am interested in meeting interesting people who are up for finding ways to create transformative change and addresses questions of life, preferably over good food and wine.

 

Anna is the author of Cultivating System Change: a Practitioner's Companion. If you would like a discounted copy please get in touch with her directly.

 

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