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Steve Waddell: Large systems change


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On 18 May, Karen O'Brien, Derk Loorbach and Steve Waddell participated in a discussion called "What is 'Transformation' and why is understanding its qualities important?" Follow their conversation to learn about how academics view and study the concept of "transformation."

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Steve Waddell: Large systems change

  1. 1. The Work Context: Large Systems Change  Scale  Lots and lots of people, organizations  Long time frames  Multi-level, often global  Transformation  Examples:  Global Action Networks – eg: Forest Stewardship Council, Transparency Int’l, Global Compact, Global Water Partnership  Global change system for electricity
  2. 2. Change Type Incremental Reform Transformation Learning Single loop Double loop Triple loop Core Question How can we do more of the same? Are we doing things right? What rules shall we create? What structures,processes do we need? How do I make sense of this? What is the purpose? How do we know what is best? Purpose To expand historic activity, improve performance To support moving into new, defined activity To innovate and create previously unimagined possibilities Power Confirms existing rules Opens rules to revision Opens issue to new ways of thinking about power Action Logic Project implementation Piloting Experimenting Archetypical Actions Copying, duplicating Changing policy, adjusting, adapting Visioning, experimenting, inventing Tools Logic Negotiation logic Mediation logic Envisioning logic Success Efficiency Risk Management Inventiveness fit LSC is Transformational 2
  3. 3. Some key questions 1. What is the relationship between the types of change? 2. What are pathways to transformation between “what changes”? 3. How do we address key blockages to transformation? Eg: • Measurement approaches • Funding • Entrenched power 3 Natural Environment Societal memes, values, beliefs Social- Political-Economic Institutions Technology Individuals An LSC perspective on “what changes”