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Systemic Thinking Tools for Social Impact


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Brief introduction to systems and systemic thinking ; how to identify a complex issue; tools that elicit the wisdom in a diverse group to address complexity.
Presented Feb 1, 2011 at Hub SOMA, SF by The Idea Hive

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Systemic Thinking Tools for Social Impact

  1. 1. Systemic Thinking for Social Impact Hub SOMA February 02011 David Hodgson & Nancy Roberts The Idea Hive
  2. 2. The next 60 minutes…. <ul><li>Introduce when systemic thinking is most helpful </li></ul><ul><li>Describe systemic thinking tools </li></ul><ul><li>Practice a (simple) systemic thinking exercise </li></ul>
  3. 3. Society Businesses Environment Analysis means taking something apart in order to understand it; systems thinking means putting it into the context of a larger whole. Fritjof Capra
  4. 4. Brueghel depicts the relationships of a complex system….
  5. 5. systemic thinking is a set of tools designed to create high impact interventions within complex situations
  6. 6. Cynefin
  7. 7. Why Systemic Thinking? <ul><li>Uncovers wisdom resident in a group </li></ul><ul><li>Allows broadest range of possibilities to emerge </li></ul><ul><li>Helps deal with the unknown unknowns </li></ul><ul><li>Enables cross-sector pollination (get out of our silos!) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Map Out Complexity  Uncover Emergent Patterns  Create Action Plan
  9. 10. <ul><li>How can the HUB maximize its social impact, given the environmental, social, financial, cultural, technological and legislative challenges that face us? </li></ul><ul><li>Capture  conversation  on the map: Your pen is your voice. </li></ul><ul><li>No more than 6 or 8 ‘main’ branches stemming from the central seed. </li></ul><ul><li>Include a verb (and/or a because) in each response “bubble.” (no one-word answers, please!) </li></ul><ul><li>No wrong answers! </li></ul>
  10. 11. Synthesis <ul><li>Synthesis (noun fr. Greek, 1611): Putting together </li></ul>
  11. 12. Thank you! Special thanks to our friend Bruce McKenzie of Australia’s Systemic Development Institute. [email_address]