How do we collaborate to create ecosystems that support innovation for systems change?
On September 5, 2014, Social Innovation Generation (SiG) and Oxfam hosted one of the final sessions of the inaugural Unusual Suspects Festival at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation UK office that explored: How do we collaborate to create an ecosystem that supports innovation for systems change?
During the session, patterns of ideas and action emerged among the panel and participants.
Rage is critical. The ecosystem is born of necessity – it is vital to systems changing solutions. We are bedeviled by language. Collaboration requires shared leadership. You must improve, before you prove.
At the heart of the conversation was a deep reflection on systems change — how socially innovative ideas and processes can disrupt the status quo and our entrenched social problems. Of critical concern was why it matters, what are the dangers, and how can we work together to intentionally nourish a supportive ecosystem for social innovations to thrive and, over time, change systems.
This report is a reflection from the panellist, participants, and the Festival and is a prompt to ignite further discussion. It is published as a call to react – via twitter, facebook or blogs. Already, so much more has been gained from Adelaide Adade, of Collaborate, in her reaction blog here.
Join the discussion. To take on our systemic problems — we need to shift the systems holding a problem in place. How do we collaborate to create ecosystems that support innovation for systems change?