Creating the conditions for change is how we move things forward. Change is emergent and if we have the right conditions in place then we have a greater chance of positive change.
I have developed the ‘Creating the Conditions for Change’ workshop from my experiences of putting systems thinking into practice in complex situations over a number of years. Not only have I drawn on sound systems theory, concepts and approaches, I have also tried them out and used my insights and learning to create my materials.
In my Creating the Conditions for Change workshops, I take people through questions such as the following:
- How might you engage in peer to peer collaborations?
- How might you instigate and implement change yourself, within the span of your autonomy;
- How can you strengthen community, develop networks, collaborate and work together with people outside of your own team on an ongoing basis;
- How can you contribute to internal system coherence;
- How can you bring humanity and balance back into the work;
- How do you make joint decisions, decide upon joint goals and decide what level of performance is reasonable;
- How do you ensure effective system characteristics;
- How do you create congruence between the system and its vision;
- How do you build external relationships and gather intelligence about the world around you;
- How do you ‘pivot’ and change quickly enough;
- And how do you get that small element of joint vision, meaning, purpose and identity, whilst still allowing and accepting difference?
These are some of the starting questions I use to help those who are trying to create the conditions for change. I use my Systems Thinking Change Wheel to highlight and explore these questions and bring in a set of over 100 Action Cards to help people take the thinking and make it into a reality. We use a case study example in the workshop to practice on and I also give a sense of the practical and emotional investment required to work in a systems and complexity informed way.
In your organisation/ place/ service/ department etc
I also use the ‘Creating the Conditions for Change’ approach when working on site with organisations. I don’t ‘do change to’ people, I help them think about the situation themselves and create their own options for improvements, using the wheel and action cards as a basis for creating the conditions for the change they require.
Creating the conditions for change is down to you and I can help you to start thinking about how you might do this.
Please get in touch if you are interested in running a workshop for your organisation or ‘place’ or if you are interested in using this approach to understand your range of improvement options for an organisation/ area/ place/ service/ department etc.
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