We must and can do much better at addressing issues such as climate change, food sustainability, health, education, environmental degradation, and wealth creation. This book is for people working on these types of issues, with the perspective that we can create a future that is not just “sustainable”, but also flourishing. The challenge is not just one of incremental change, but of transformation – radical change in the way we perceive our world, create relationships and organize our societies.
This book approaches these challenges as large systems change issues: issues requiring engagement of many, many people and organizations often globally; issues requiring deep innovation with shifts in mindsets and power structures; and issues that require capacity to work with complexity. Large systems change is presented as a new field of practice and knowledge.
After introducing concepts of transformation and complexity, the book presents five case studies of large systems change. These cases and others are referenced throughout the remainder of the book to present large systems change strategy, organizing structures, steps in developing the necessary collective action, tools, and personal guidance for change practitioners.
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What Others Say
…a road map for examining, reflecting and reimagining large scale systems changes so that the systems that impact peoples’ lives can work better, work better together and ultimately lead to an equity rich society.
– Dwayne C. Proctor, Ph. D.
Senior Adviser to the President
Director, Health Equity Portfolio
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Steve Waddell’s book provides a much needed resource for leaders of social change.
– John Kania
A truly path-breaking work. It will inspire and motivate the tens of thousands of individuals who are working to make positive change happen.
– Georg Kell
Founding Executive Director UN Global Compact
Vice Chair Arabesque Partners
About the Author: Steve Waddell
Responding to the 21st century’s enormous global challenges and realizing its unsurpassed opportunities require new ways of acting and organizing. For the past 30 years Steve has been supporting this with organizational, network, and societal change and development. He does this through consultations, education, research, and personal leadership. For the last 10 years he’s focused largely on multi-stakeholder global change networks (Global Action Networks) and complex change.
Steve has dozens of publications. Other books are Societal Learning and Change: Innovation with Multi-Stakeholder Strategies (2005); and Global Action Networks: Creating our future together (2011). He is lead editor of a June 2015 special issue of the Journal of Corporate Citizenship on the topic of Large Systems Change. He has a Ph.D. in sociology and an MBA, and is a Canadian-American living in Boston.