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Want to Change the World? Study Deep History

Those who fail to study history are doomed to repeat it.  We’ve all heard this adage and many among us take to heart the wisdom of looking backward as a vital practice for understanding the future. We must understand how … Continue reading

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A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change

Read The twenty-first century is a world in constant change. In A New Culture of Learning, Doug Thomas and John Seely Brown pursue an understanding of how the forces of change, and emerging waves of interest associated with these forces, … Continue reading

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Embracing Complexity

Read In his job as chief investment strategist at Legg Mason Capital Management, Michael J. Mauboussin has developed a healthy appreciation for complexity. Along the way—through his reports, books, teaching at Columbia Business School, and frequent conference appearances—he has become … Continue reading


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Recipes for Systemic Change

The Helsinki Design Lab is one of the most interesting of a family of new hybrid models that are trying to synthesise the best of design with the best of public policy and problem solving. These models tend to draw … Continue reading

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Cuando el proyecto es el cambio

La entidad se llama Proyecto Cambio y funciona a puertas abiertas: no hay encierro, ni el duro régimen disciplinario propio de otras comunidades. Apuestan a la reconstrucción de los lazos familiares. Y por eso es fundamental la presencia de padres, … Continue reading

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Complexity Approach to Change and Transformation

Social innovation is an initiative, product or process or program that profoundly changes the basic routines, resource and authority flows or beliefs of any social system. Successful social innovations have durability and broad impact. Achieving durability and scale is a dynamic process that requires both emergence of opportunity and deliberate agency, and a connection between the two. Frances Westley will discuss how disruptive social innovations can address seemingly intractable social problems such as environmental degradation, poverty, and mental health and how the capacity of a society to create a steady flow of social innovations, can contribute to its overall social and ecological resilience.

Speaker Profile

Frances Westley joined University of Waterloo in 2007 as the J.W. McConnell Chair in Social Innovation. In this role she will head up a Canada wide initiative, Social Innovation Generation, a cross sectoral partnership to build capacity for social innovation in Canada. Dr. Westley is a renowned scholar and consultant in the areas of social innovation, strategies for sustainable development, middle management and strategic change, visionary leadership and inter-organizational collaboration. Her most recent book, Getting to Maybe focuses the dynamics of social innovation, and institutional entrepreneurship in complex adaptive systems. A previous book, Experiments in Consilience, focuses on the dynamics of inter-organizational and interdisciplinary collaboration in the management of ecological and conservation Continue reading

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The Action Turn – Toward a Transformational Social Science

This article offers an epistemological basis for action research, in order to increase the validity, the practical significance, and the transformational potential of social science. The article starts by outlining some of the paradigmatic issues which underlie action research, and … Continue reading

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The Complexity of Change

Read Most critical of these issues is the recognition that change is embodied in a clear sequence of stages, and that for meaningful change to stick, you can expect to go through all these stages in turn. Deep change will … Continue reading

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Engaging Emergence – Turning Upheaval into Opportunity

Read What does it take to face disruptions and invite others to join you to realize new possibilities? If you are seeking effective principles and practices for working with change and the unexpected, then you’ve come to the right place!  … Continue reading

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The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World

Read Read also: The Art of Non-Conformity Blog The underlying message of Guillebeau’s book, based on his popular blog, is that “You don’t have to live your life the way other people expect you to.” Those who are open-minded, ready … Continue reading

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