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Systems Practice Workbook

This resource walks you through a systems practice, and describes process phases (Launch, Gain Clarity, Find Leverage, Act Strategically, and Learn and Adapt) and methods for guiding the practice.
This resource has been developed in collaboration with teams across The Omidyar Group. This workbook aims to fill the gap between the promise of a systems approach for making social change and putting it into practice. It was created alongside curriculum as part of a paid course.
For each method, results, actions, difficulty, time estimation, and tips are included.

System Thinking Tools

A blog series introducing and sharing guidance for using different tools to support systems thinking and practice, including actor mapping, trend mapping, timeline mapping, ecocycle mapping, appreciative inquiry, and world cafe. Each offers a downloadable guide in exchange for an email address.

Publisher

FSG

Discipline or Practice

Systems Change

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Follow the Rabbit: A Field Guide to Systemic Design

This Field Guide is a systems take on typical design thinking methodology. It demonstrates how to design something with a greater emphasis on creativity and humour. The Guide goes through a systemic design project from concept to implementation. It takes you through the workshop planning process, and discusses workshop roles and client relations. In the FAQs, you’ll find explanations to some commonly asked questions about systemic design concepts to help you introduce others to SD and bring them along with you. It contains descriptions of 17 different methods, including pros, cons,and considerations of each.

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The Cynefin Mini-Book

This mini-book is based around the Cynefin framework, a contexutalisation and sense-making framework developed by Dave Snowden. The resource provides an overview of the Cynefin framework and use of narrative research, guidance and a tool for developing shared sense-making, and tools and guidance for developing a portfolio of experiments for different types of problems, distinguishing between complicated and complex problems.
The publisher requires a free login in exchange for downloading the resource.

Publisher

Greg Brougham

Discipline or Practice

Strategic Design

Systems Change

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Scenario Exploration System (SES)

The Scenario Exploration System (SES) is a serious game for future simulation (2035 and 2050). It involves participants exploring their long-term objectives in contrasting scenario-related contexts while interacting with other stakeholders. By creating a realistic journey towards the future, the SES generates a safe space to simulate possible responses connected to any issue of interest to the participants.
There are two editions: "Sustainable Transitions" and "Food Safety and Nutrition Challenges."

Thinking Big: How to Use Theory of Change for Systems Change

This report identifies five common pitfalls that organisations fall into when using theory of change, and walks through five rules of thumb that will help organisations to use the approach to tackle complex problems. The report includes case studies demonstrating these pitfalls and rules of thumb in practice.

Discipline or Practice

Systems Change

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Game of Life 2050

The Game of Life 2050 draws on scenarios for a sustainable European society in 2050. It is an interactive board game in which players consider four scenarios that describe the radical changes needed to be living within key environmental boundaries by 2050.
The game takes a minimum of 2 hours to run (ideally 4 hours) and involves 5-7 actors (each played by one person or in pairs) and one Games Master.
Play consists of three ‘rounds’ in which actors are given a set of circumstances that have unfolded at 10, 20 and 30 years into the timeline, and must decide from a range of options how they will respond.
Game materials and guidebook are both available for download.

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A Wayfinder’s Guide to Systems Transformation: 18 insights for catalysts and convenors

This is a report from the Workshop ‘How might we approach transformational change for complex challenges in the future?’, held in London 30-31 August 2017. It provides 18 insights and considerations for playing the enabler, catalyst, and convenor roles in creating a mindset of long-termism.

Discipline or Practice

Systems Change

Assessing Innovation Potential for Social Impact

The resource is intended for those working in the international development or social impact space to assesses the future impact that innovation can deliver in a system. It focuses on three "systems": The Problem Space, The Innovation Space, The Context.
It's goals are to precipitate better understanding of the problem of focus and the context in which it exists, assess enablers and barriers
to innovation, track system change over time, and assess the impact of a program ex post facto. It includes tools and methods organised into different possible "journeys" that define overall related activities, resources, user values and timelines.

Metodología AEI de la Innovación

La metodología AEI de la innovación, desarrollada por el Laboratorio de Innovación para la Gestión Pública Distrital (LABcapital) de la Veeduría Distrital de Bogotá , es una metodología que tiene como base la metodología de “Pensamiento de Diseño” así como un enfoque de “Diseño de Servicios” para concretar las propuestas, y usa la “Economía Comportamental” para la implementación de las ideas propuestas. Tanto el pensamiento de diseño como el diseño de servicios se utilizan dentro del sector público como metodologías que le permiten a ciudadanos y servidores públicos hacer frente a problemas sociales complejos.

Esta metodología esta diseñada tanto para servidores públicos como para ciudadanos que quieran co-diseñar soluciones innovadoras a retos públicos. Se busca especialmente, que esta metodología pueda aportar a la generación valor compartido, es decir, el mejoramiento de la calidad de vida de los ciudadanos, pero al mismo tiempo busca mejorar la productividad, calidad del servicio, la democracia y los resultados de las entidades públicas.

La Metodología AEI de la innovación se desarrolla por medio los siguientes pasos: 1) Empatía, 2) Intuición y 3) Acción. Mediante la implementación de estos pasos se busca identificar el contexto, motivaciones, comportamientos, necesidades, aspiraciones y valores de la ciudadanía así como las necesidades y metas de las entidades distritales que con su gestión buscan proponer ideas innovadoras para mejorar la vida de los ciudadanos. Todo esto conduce a que la innovación publica se convierta en una apuesta tendiente a promover el control social así como a fortalecer el control preventivo, la transparencia y la lucha contra la corrupción para el mejoramiento de la gestión pública distrital. Esta metodología se ha aplicado a más de 10 retos de ciudad, que LABcapital ha venido trabajando con varias entidades públicas de Bogotá.

Cualquier persona que tenga el interés de aportar ideas que puedan generar un impacto positivo en la población en general y en las entidades públicas puede aplicar la Metodología AEI de la Innovación. Por lo tanto ustedes, los lectores y en lo posible implementadores de la Metodología AEI de la Innovación, serán llamados coLABoradores.