Systems change addresses the more fundamental innovations that are systemic in nature. For us, this means innovations that radically transform some of the fundamental systems on which we depend – how food is provided, healthcare, housing, or learning – according to fundamentally different principles.Systemic innovation is very different from innovation in products or services. It involves changes to concepts and mindsets as well as to economic flows: systems only change when people think, see and behave in new ways. It involves changes to power, replacing prior power holders with new ones. And it usually involves all four sectors – business, government, civil society, and the household.
There are many frameworks, approaches and models for thinking about systems change, and it looks different depending on on where you are in the world. As the societal challenges we gace become more complex, systems thinking has become more popular.
Many of our friends are partners have been working in this field for years, and we are grateful for the guidance, collaboration and inspiration in lots of our work in this space.
- How can systems change be applied in different regions/cultures where the language does not fit?
- What does systems change look like in practice?
- How to embed a systems lease/approach in organisations?
- How to finance systems work?
SIX has been working in systems change for several years – Our retreats for funders in Canada and Australia catalysed several new relationships and funder activities; we run training sessions for organisations to help them embedded systems thinking in practice and we participated in several systems change communities.
Systems principles for a pandemic
Earlier in April, SIX wrapped up our second of two trainings with one of the largest independent grant making foundations in England. Over six months, we worked with two cohorts of individuals to explore what social innovation and systems thinking looks like in context and in practice. What were we designing for? We believe that funders and ... Systems principles for a pandemic
Making the case for foundations in East Asia to embrace systems thinking
Questions for the social sector in Hong Kong With the rapid development of East Asia in recent years, individuals and corporates are accumulating wealth. This is leading to the establishment of new foundations and making both public and private funds widely available. We have worked in East Asia for several years, our SIX colleague and ... Making the case for foundations in East Asia to embrace systems thinking