School of System Change

We know that growing a global community of change agents is our best chance to accelerate a transition to a sustainable future. Want to know more?

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ABOUT THE STORIES OF CHANGE

The School of System Change collaborated with foundations, academics, creatives and others to create the Stories of Change, a series of videos and tools for designing and delivering system change practices. In our development process for each story, we engaged a community of partners to transform these stories of change into multimedia videos and facilitated learning experiences.

The aim of this project is to create accessible resources to co-learn and help change agents to design more systemic strategies/action. This project supports system change facilitators to introduce systemic frameworks using stories of change in history to a wider audience.

We currently have developed three videos and their accompanying facilitation packs about a story of change as seen through a systemic framework. Each accompanying facilitation pack guides systems change facilitators how to prepare and facilitate group discussion using the Stories and Change and find more information about the story and framework. We are in the process of developing more Stories of Change with our funding partners.

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Understand change to create change

-01 MULTI-LEVEL PERSPECTIVE + THE BIRTH OF ROCK N ROLL

Multi-Level Perspective (MLP) explains how transitions manifest through interactions between different levels of societal systems. We can use the MLP for systemic diagnosis--such as diagnosing complex challenges within societal systems such as mobility, housing or food. This Stories of Change video focuses on the seemingly sudden rise of Rock ‘n’ Roll in the 1950s, and our resources discuss how the MLP can help us understand the story behind this radical shift in the American music industry.

Additional resources

MULTI-LEVEL PERSPECTIVE Facilitator's Pack

MULTI-LEVEL PERSPECTIVE Webinar Recording

MULTI-LEVEL PERSPECTIVE Insights & Questions from 29 Sept 2020 Webinar


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02 ICEBERG MODEL + THE RISE OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT

The Iceberg Model, typically used in systems diagnosis, can help us explore blindspots, question assumptions and challenge mental models underneath pivotal events, such as Rosa Park's arrest in 1955 in the Civil Rights Movement. Only 10% of an Iceberg’s total mass can be seen above water—the remaining 90% exists below the waterline. As a society, the majority see and respond to events, happening at the tip of the iceberg.

Additional resources

ICEBERG MODEL Facilitator's Pack

ICEBERG MODEL Webinar Recording

ICEBERG MODEL Insights & Questions from 13 Oct 2020 Webinar


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03 LEVELS OF PARADIGM FRAMEWORK + THE REGENERATION OF RESILIENT COMMUNITIES IN MEXICO CITY

Regeneration, as a mindset, is focused on building the capacity and capability in people, communities, and other natural systems to restore, renew or revitalize. How can regenerative design help us understand the whole systems to shift toward resilient and equitable systems that integrate nature?

Additional resources

LEVELS OF PARADIGM FRAMEWORK Facilitator's Pack (forthcoming)

LEVELS OF PARADIGM FRAMEWORK Webinar Recording

LEVELS OF PARADIGM FRAMEWORK Insights & Questions from 27 Oct 2020 Webinar


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Support the Stories of Change

We want to take the Stories of Change to the next level! We are developing more Stories of Change and a living-learning platform that is open-source and to facilitate systems change practice and make it fun! If you would like to learn how you can support our on-going work, please contact Laura Winn at [email protected].

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ABOUT THE SCHOOL OF SYSTEM CHANGE

We are equipping people with the capabilities to lead system change initiatives addressing complex sustainability challenges. The School offers flexible access to the best learning experiences, tools, case studies from the field, while growing the community of practice.

More information about the School’s offering can be found under its Course page.

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