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  • 1. Genera&ve  Change:     Working  Together  to     Bridge  the  Social  Aspira&on  Gap   www.communi)esthatcan.org   Communi'es  that  Can!  Ins'tute  
  • 2. Problem  /  Poten&al   Difference   Making  change  that     makes  a  difference   Genera&ve  Change   Bridging  the     Social  Aspira&on  Gap     Communi)es  that  Can!  Ins)tute  
  • 3. Bridging  the  social  aspira)on  gap:   “the  gap  between  the  world    in  which  we  would  like  to  live,     and  the  world  we  create     through  our  ac&ons.”       Beyond  the  Big  Society:     Psychological  Founda'ons  of  Ac've  Ci'zenship   Social  Brain  Project  (RSA)     Communi)es  that  Can!  Ins)tute  
  • 4. How  will  we  bridge     the  social  aspira&on  gap?   Aspira&onal   Purpose   “Best  Fit”   Change   Technology   Genera&ve   Change   Levers   Problem  /  Poten&al   Difference   Making  change  that     makes  a  difference     Communi)es  that  Can!  Ins)tute  
  • 5. Purpose   •  Bridging  our  current  social  aspira)on  gap:    the  gap  between  the  world  in         which  we  would  like  to  live,  and  the  world  we  create  through  our  ac&ons.     •  Aligning  ac&ons  with  aspira&ons  for  a  preferred  future  ...  a  future  that           inspires  us    to  say  “if  we  could  achieve  that,  my  life  would  have  meaning.”     Change   Technology   •  Genera&ve  Change-­‐making:    Adop&ng  a  change  approach  that  addresses                   our  problems  and  our  poten&als  by  ac&va&ng  our  unique  human  capacity                 for  inten&onal  and  purposeful  ac&on.     •  Ac&va&ng  a  simple  set  of  opera&ng  instruc&ons:                                                                                     Generate.  Integrate.  Par&cipate.       Genera&ve   Change  Levers   •  Connec&ng  the  dots  between  healthy  child  &  youth  development,                                     adult  development  and  social  development.   •  Co-­‐designing  a  preferred  future  ...  for  kids,  for  adults,  and  for  communi&es.         Working  Together  to     Bridge  the  Social  Aspira&on  Gap     Communi)es  that  Can!  Ins)tute  
  • 6. A  Preferred  Future       ...  for  kids,  for  adults,  for  communi&es.   Genera&ve  Change       What’s  being  generated?     Communi)es  that  Can!  Ins)tute  
  • 7. Health   Human  Development   Educa&on  Coaching   Corporate  Social  Responsibility   Philanthropy   Governance   Ac&vism   Social  Innova&on   Community  Development   Not-­‐for-­‐profit  Organiza&ons   Spiritual  Leadership   Change  Leaders  in  Diverse  Sectors     and  Everyday  Ci&zens         Genera&ng  a  preferred  future...     for  kids,  for  adults,  for  communi&es.   Who  are  the  change-­‐makers?     Communi)es  that  Can!  Ins)tute  
  • 8. •     Healthy  development  in  kids  depends  on            healthy  development  in  adults.   •     Thriving  kids  need  thriving  adults            and  thriving  communi&es.   •     Healthy  development,  in  kids  and  adults,            is  the  work  of  communi&es.   •     A  preferred  future  is  possible,  for  our  kids  and            ourselves,  for  our  organiza&ons  and  our  communi&es.   Change  leaders  and  everyday  ci)zens  ...     Making  a  stand  for  a  preferred  future         Communi)es  that  Can!  Ins)tute  
  • 9. Connec)ng  the  dots     between  desired  changes     in  the  world,  and   healthy  development  ...   in  kids,  in  adults     and  in  communi)es.     How  can  the     world  change     if  people  don’t?  
  • 10. Robert  Kegan  calls  human  development   the  hidden  curriculum  of  adult  life.       Many  adults,  he  says,  have  not  yet  mastered  the     mental  demands  of  modern  life.  In  our  working  lives,     our  family  lives,  in  our  lives  as  leaders  and  as  ci&zens,   we  frequently  find  ourselves  …  IN  OVER  OUR  HEADS!!   “Can  we  keep  growing  and     developing  in  adulthood?     Yes,  we  can!  And  we  must!”     Communi)es  that  Can!  Ins)tute  
  • 11. Adults   Community   Kids   A  unified  change     approach  that  fosters   healthy  development     in  kids,  in  adults,     and  in  communi&es.   Genera&ve   Change-­‐making     Communi)es  that  Can!  Ins)tute  
  • 12. Generate.   • A  purposeful  and   prac)cal  change-­‐ making  approach   that  generates  a   preferred  future.   • Taking  important   steps  beyond   adap)ve  change  ...     genera)ng  outcomes   that  take  us  from   break-­‐  even  to     break-­‐through.   Integrate.   • Connec)ng  the  dots   between  healthy   child  &  youth   development,  adult   development  and   social  development.   • Connec)ng  the  dots   among  organiza)ons,   and  sectors,  from   business  to   philanthropy,  from   government  to   grassroots.   Par&cipate.   • Making  your  unique   contribu)on  to  the   health,  well-­‐being,   and  healthy   development  of  the   people  in  your   community.   • Everyday  change-­‐ makers,  engaged  in   everyday  change-­‐ making.   Our  Change-­‐making  Model:   Generate.  Integrate.  Par&cipate.     Communi)es  that  Can!  Ins)tute  
  • 13. Generate  (verb):   To  bring  into  existence;     to  be  the  cause  of.            
  • 14. Genera&ve  change:   To  purposefully  generate  a     healthier  future  for  all  living  systems.   Generate.   Integrate.   Par)cipate.     Communi)es  that  Can!  Ins)tute  
  • 15. Genera&ve  approach:   To  choose  and  generate      a  healthier  future   Borrowing  from  Erik  Erikson’s  concept  of  genera)vity  –   “somewhat  akin  to  crea)vity,  but  it  refers     specifically  to  the  mature  adult’s  contribu&on     to  the  well-­‐being  of  future  genera&ons.”     In  Bill  Joiner  and  Stephen  Josephs  (2007)   Leadership  Agility:  Five  Levels  of  Mastery   for  An'cipa'ng  and  Ini'a'ng  Change     Communi)es  that  Can!  Ins)tute  
  • 16. Genera)ve  change  is  purposefully  emergent  -­‐   fostering  health,  well-­‐being  and  healthy   development  in  self  and  society,  now  and     for  future  genera)ons.     More  than  adapta)on  …     Communi)es  that  Can!  Ins)tute  
  • 17. Integra&on:   Change-­‐making  that  ac)vely  addresses  the   interconnected  factors  that  generate  thriving  ...     in  people  and  the  communi)es  we  live  in.       Communi)es  that  Can!  Ins)tute   Generate.   Integrate.   Par)cipate.  
  • 18. Health,  well-­‐being  &  healthy  development,     in  self  and  society  ...     Psychological  and     Spiritual  Health   Healthy  mind,   Healthy  spirit   Physical  and   Behavioral  Health   Healthy  body,   Healthy  ac&ons   Cultural  Health   Healthy  cultural  values,   beliefs,  a]tudes,   assump&ons;   healthy  rela&onships       Social  and     Ecological  Health   Healthy  environment,  economy,   social  systems,  ins&tu&ons,     policies,  services     Communi)es  that  Can!  Ins)tute  
  • 19. Integra)on  might  be  the  principle     underlying  health  at  all  levels  of  our   experience,  from  the  microcosm  of  our     inner  world  to  our  interpersonal   rela)onships  and    life  in  our  communi)es.   Daniel  Siegel,  Mindsight     Communi)es  that  Can!  Ins)tute  
  • 20. Par&cipa&on:   Making  our  own  unique  contribu)on.     Communi)es  that  Can!  Ins)tute   Generate.   Integrate.   Par)cipate.   Playing  our  part,  on  our  patch.    
  • 21. “We  change  ourselves     to  change  the  world”     is  only  half  the  story.         To  truly  change  ourselves,     we  must  take  an  ac)ve  part   in  changing  the  world.       Community  engagement  is  a   key  component  of  transforma&ve         personal  development  ...  and  vice  versa.       Communi)es  that  Can!  Ins)tute  
  • 22. Change  leaders  of  all  sorts,  including:       •     Health  professionals,  including  health  promo)on  and  public  health   •     Social  workers  and  allied  professions   •     Educators   •     Coaches   •     Psychologists,  therapists  and  other  mental  health  prac))oners   •     Government  staff  and  elected  representa)ves   •     Spiritual  leaders  and  directors   •     Private  sector  leaders     •     Planners  and  policy-­‐makers   •     Community  development  prac))oners   •     Social  innovators  &  social  entrepreneurs   •     Consultants   •     Engaged  ci)zens       Communi)es  that  Can!  Ins)tute  
  • 23. Because  there’s  no  single  sector  that  can   address  the  challenges  and  opportuni)es     that  face  us,  there’s  room  for     everyone  to  contribute.       In  fact,  it’s  necessary!   Crowdsourcing  
  • 24. Everyday  Change-­‐making   •     Making  a  difference  in  the  world  by        taking  ac)on  right  here  at  home.   •     Everyday  ac)vi)es,  guided  by  a  compelling            and  collabora)ve  purpose.   •     Genera)ng  the  assets  that  foster  thriving  ...            in  kids,  in  adults,  in  communi)es             Communi)es  that  Can!  Ins)tute  
  • 25. The  key  is  genera)ve  change-­‐making:   bridging  the  gap  between  the     problem  or  the  poten)al  ...  and  the   change  that  makes  a  difference.   Problem  /  Poten&al   Difference   Making  change  that   makes  a  difference   Genera&ve  Change   Everyday  Change-­‐making  ...       Communi)es  that  Can!  Ins)tute  
  • 26. Building  the  bridge     to  a  preferred  future  ...     Now   A  Preferred  Future   Genera&ve  Change     Communi)es  that  Can!  Ins)tute  
  • 27. •     It’s  democra&c!              Everyone  can  make  a  contribu)on.  Every  day.             Everyday  Change-­‐making  ...     •     It’s  intui&ve!                Rely  on  your  ins)ncts  to  lean  in  the  direc)on  of  thriving.                      You  already  know  how  to  make  a  difference.     •     It’s  effec&ve!                  What’s  the  evidence?  Just  keep  looking  for  signs  of  “difference.”     Communi)es  that  Can!  Ins)tute  
  • 28. This  isn’t  an  argument  against  scien)fic   measurement,  but  an  empowerment  for   everyday  ci)zens  to  do  the  right  thing  ...   the  genera)ve  thing  ...  the  asset  building  thing  ...   the  healthy  change  thing  ...    every  day.     It’s  become  part  of  daily  life.   Everyday  Change-­‐making  ...       Communi)es  that  Can!  Ins)tute  
  • 29.   A  Prac&cal  Tool:   Genera&ve  Change     Communi)es  that  Can!  Ins)tute  
  • 30.     Choosing  the  change  technology     that  can  generate  a  preferred  future.   Genera&ve                           Change-­‐making         Adap&ve  Change-­‐making     Technical  Change-­‐making     Communi)es  that  Can!  Ins)tute  
  • 31. Two  kinds  of  change  challenges:   Technical  and  adap&ve   Building  on  the  work  of  Ronald  Heifetz:       Communi)es  that  Can!  Ins)tute  
  • 32. Technical   Change   (tools,  skills,   methods,             plans  to  fix             the  problem…)   Technical  change  has     long  been  our  “go  to”     Communi)es  that  Can!  Ins)tute  
  • 33. Technical  change-­‐making   According  to  Heifetz,  technical  change  is  the  right  fit  when:   1.     The  problem  is  clearly  defined;   2.     The  problem  solving  solu)on  is  well  known,  and  the                skill  set  can  be  fairly  easily  learned;  and   3.  Our  current  mindset  is  adequate  ...  we  have  the                   right  mental  tools.       Communi)es  that  Can!  Ins)tute  
  • 34. Typically,  the  goal  of  adap&ve  change  is  this:     to  find  balance,  equilibrium,  in  the  face  of   changing  life  condi&ons.     But  Heifetz  adds  something  else  ...     Panarchy  Model  of  Adap)ve  Change   Adap)ve  change-­‐making     Communi)es  that  Can!  Ins)tute  
  • 35. Adap&ve     Change   (new  thinking   leads  to  new   skills  &   approaches)   Adding  Complexity:   New  learning    New  mental  models     Communi)es  that  Can!  Ins)tute  
  • 36. Shibs  our  acen&on  from     the  problem  to  the     person  having  the  problem.   It’s  we  who  adapt  …     Adap)ve  change-­‐making   Robert  Kegan  and  Lisa  Laskow  Lahey  (2009)   Immunity  to  Change:  How  to  Overcome  It  and   Unlock  the  Poten'al  in  Yourself  and  Your  Organiza'on       Communi)es  that  Can!  Ins)tute  
  • 37. Adap&ve     Technical   •   Current  mental  complexity  is  no  longer  adequate     •   Problem  defini)on,  solu)on  and  implementa)on             require  a  transforma)on    of  mindset,  advancing                                         to  a  more  complex  stage  of  mental  development   •   New  mindset  leads  to  new  skills     • Adapt  to  changing  life  condi)ons   •   Goal:  systems  equilibrium   •   Problem  is  clearly  defined   •   Problem-­‐solving  solu)on  is  well  known;                                                               skill  set  can    be  learned   •   Current  mindset  is  adequate   •   Goal:  fix  the  problem   Two  Change  Challenges     Communi)es  that  Can!  Ins)tute  
  • 38. Ronald  Heifetz,  et  al.  (2009)   The  Prac'ce  of  Adap've  Leadership   The  most  common  cause  of  failure  in  leadership   is  produced  by  trea&ng  adap&ve  challenges     as  if  they  were  technical  problems.   And  an  observa)on  ...       Communi)es  that  Can!  Ins)tute  
  • 39. Another  common  mistake  is  to  try  to  meet     genera&ve  challenges  via  adap&ve  means.     Yes,  and  …     Communi)es  that  Can!  Ins)tute  
  • 40. Adap&ve     Technical   •   Current  mental  complexity  is  no  longer  adequate     •   Problem  defini)on,  solu)on  and  implementa)on             require  a  transforma)on    of  mindset,  advancing                                         to  a  more  complex  stage  of  mental  development   •   New  mindset  leads  to  new  skills     •   Adapt  to  changing  life  condi)ons   •   Goal:  systems  equilibrium   •   Problem  is  clearly  defined   •   Problem-­‐solving  solu)on  is  well  known;                                                               skill  set  can    be  learned   •   Current  mindset  is  adequate   •   Goal:  fix  the  problem,  maintain  the  system   Taking  Change  to  the  Next  Level   What  else  is  needed?   A  change  approach  that  addresses  our  problems  and         our  poten&als,  by  ac&va&ng  our  unique  human  capacity   for  inten&onal  and  purposeful  ac&on.  Our  goal  isn’t  just   equilibrium;  our  goal  is  a  becer  future  for  all.       Communi)es  that  Can!  Ins)tute  
  • 41. Genera&ve   Change   (purposefully   emergent,  fostering   health,  well-­‐being   &  healthy   development  now   and  for  future   genera&ons)   Bridging  the  aspira&on  gap:   New  inten&ons  for  self  and  system     Communi)es  that  Can!  Ins)tute  
  • 42.  ...  one  more  prac)cal  way  to  make  sense  of  our     change  challenges,  and  to  take  appropriate  ac)on.       What  we’re  looking  for  is  the  best  func)onal  fit     between  the  purpose  of  the  change  ini)a)ve,     and  the  change  technology  we  put  into  prac)ce.       Genera&ve         Adap&ve     Technical   Genera&ve  Change-­‐making     Communi)es  that  Can!  Ins)tute  
  • 43.   Genera&ve     Change    Adap&ve     Change   Technical     Change     Poten&al       (what  the  individual     or  system  can   become)                                                                                                                                                     Equilibrium     (bounce  back  from   shocks,  re-­‐balance   the  system)     Maintenance   (fix  problems)   Finding  Func&onal  Fit:       The  complexity  of  the  approach  must  align  with     the  complexity  of  the  intended  outcome.     Communi)es  that  Can!  Ins)tute  
  • 44. Genera&ve       Adap&ve     Technical   •   Purposefully  emergent,  fostering  health,                                             well-­‐being  and  healthy  development    ...  now  and                             for  future  genera)ons   •   Complex  systems  respond  to  life  condi)ons  with   adap)ve  resilience  and    inten)onal  genera)vity.   •   Genera)ng  healthier,  more  equitable  and  more   sustainable  life  condi)ons     •   Goal:  equilibrium  +  nudging  system  toward  a               preferred  future   •   Current  mental  complexity  is  no  longer  adequate     •   Problem  defini)on,  solu)on  and  implementa)on             require  a  transforma)on    of  mindset,  advancing                                         to  a  more  complex  stage  of  mental  development   •   New  mindset  leads  to  new  skills     •   Adapt  to  changing  life  condi)ons   •   Goal:  systems  equilibrium   •   Problem  is  clearly  defined   •   Problem-­‐solving  solu)on  is  well  known;                                                               skill  set  can    be  learned   •   Current  mindset  is  adequate   •   Goal:  fix  the  problem,  maintain  the  system   Three  Change  Technologies     Communi)es  that  Can!  Ins)tute  
  • 45. Genera&ve   Change   Purpose:   Vision  for  a   preferred   future   Power   Par&cipa&on   Poten&al   Four   Guiding   Principles     Communi)es  that  Can!  Ins)tute  
  • 46. Four  Guiding  Principles   Poten)al   Genera)ve  change  focuses  on  the  poten)al  of  the  system;   what  the  system  can  become.       Purpose     A  preferred  future  ...  a  future  that  inspires  us  to  say     “if  we  could  achieve  that,  my  life  would  have  meaning.”   Power     The  capacity  to  make  a  difference  ...  in  my  own  life,     and  in  the  lives  of  others.       Par)cipa)on     Ac)ve  engagement  in  future-­‐shaping  ...  kids,  adults,     organiza)ons,  neighbourhoods,  communi)es  ...       Communi)es  that  Can!  Ins)tute  
  • 47. One  unified  purpose:   Making  a  stand  for  a  preferred  future.     Communi)es  that  Can!  Ins)tute  
  • 48. Adop&ng  a  “next  step”   change  technology  ...   Genera&ve  Change   Making  a  stand  for  a  preferred  future     Communi)es  that  Can!  Ins)tute  
  • 49. •     Shaping  our  lives   •     Shaping  evolu)on   Genera&ve  change-­‐making:     Communi)es  that  Can!  Ins)tute  
  • 50. Genera&ve  Change-­‐making   •     Based  on  science   •     Informed  by  life     Communi)es  that  Can!  Ins)tute  
  • 51. Communi'es  that  Can!  Ins'tute       Genera&ve  Change  Technologies:  new  maps  and  models      for  bridging  the  social  aspira)on  gap,  including:   1.  Genera&ve  Asset  Building:  genera)ng  higher  levels  of  health,   well-­‐being  and  healthy  development  –  in  kids,  in  adults,  in  communi)es.   What’s  in  our  toolkit?   3.  Dialec&cal  Change  Prac&ces:  new  perspec)ves  on  complex  change  challenges,   plus  prac)ces  to  generate  a  preferred  future  for  people  and  communi)es.   2.  Collabora&ve  Mindsight:  applying  insights  and  innova)ons  in  brain  science                          to  our  problems  and  our  poten)als,  in  teams,  in  organiza)ons,  in  communi)es.     Communi)es  that  Can!  Ins)tute  
  • 52. Communi'es  that  Can!  Ins'tute            Webinars,  workshops  &  training  intensives     How  can  we  support  your  work?     Communi)es  that  Can!  Ins)tute        Capacity  building  for  leaders  &  teams        Coaching  –  individuals,  organiza)ons,  change  labs        Keynotes  &  conference  presenta)ons  
  • 53. Communi'es  that  Can!  Ins'tute       Workshops     Communi)es  that  Can!  Ins)tute        Enac)ng  the  Principles  of  Genera)ve  Change:            Poten)al,  Purpose,  Power  &  Par)cipa)on        Change  Up!            Growing  our  Skills  to  Lead  Genera)ve  Change        Genera)ve  Community  Development:          Working  Together  to  Build  Resilience  and  Response-­‐ability           Learning  for  change-­‐leaders  and  everyday  change-­‐makers  ...          Genera)ve  Asset  Building:          Everyday  Ac)ons  to  Promote  Thriving  in  People  and  Communi)es            
  • 54. Communi'es  that  Can!  Ins'tute       Leader  Training     Communi)es  that  Can!  Ins)tute        Dialec)cal  Change  Prac)ces        Collabora)ve  Mindsight        Genera)ve  Asset  Building   Next-­‐step  learning  for  change  leaders:    
  • 55. Communi'es  that  Can!  Ins'tute       Professional  Development     Communi)es  that  Can!  Ins)tute        Community  Leadership  &  Collabora)on   Prac)cal  applica)ons  in:            Organiza)onal  &  Community  Development  (including  policy  &  planning)        Coaching        Health  Promo)on  
  • 56.   For  more  informa)on  …     Communi&es  that  Can!  Ins&tute    Making  change  that  makes  a  difference  ...  so  that  people  and  planet  can  thrive       Contact  Janet  Keller  or  Tam  Lundy   Phone:  510.230.0939     Phone:  604.862.9213  (if  calling  from  Canada)   Email:    info@communi)esthatcan.org             www.communi)esthatcan.org