Place-based & systemic change
Shift power and perspectives for sustainable change
Lots of funding, policy, research, and current practice is designed and structured to focus on issues (homelessness, offending, public health) or cohorts (unemployed people, refugees, young people). That’s a problem if you really want address root causes to drive inclusive, sustainable change.
We use place and systems change approaches to boundary complex problems and identify:
- the root causes specific to a problem in a place or system
- the way people are experiencing that problem
- other relevant people and organisations in the place or system that can help solve the problem.
How we can help
Our team can help you build the capacity to deliver, learn about or evaluate place-based and systemic change. We can also facilitate the change alongside you.
Our expertise is grounded in practical experience of people and places. We have delivered multi-sector initiatives, facilitated learning and built the capacity of organisations doing place-based or systemic work, and evaluated that change.
We recognise that place-based and systemic work is innovative, long-term and complex, and that it often starts with one or two pioneers. We act as a bridge between those pioneers and the people that need to be persuaded to buy into change.
Our bespoke and cutting approach, usually involves six phases:
- Understanding the unique context of the place or system
- Intention setting to build a shared vision for change
- Connecting and developing equitable relationships
- Testing the approach and adapting to suit local or system needs
- Delivering, facilitating or advising on the change you want to make
- Ensuring a legacy that supports continued growth
A tool for systemic change
We believe there are three elements needed to create systemic change for an issue or a place.
We’ve learnt that each of these things is integral to making meaningful and lasting change, but that alone none of these are sufficient. You don’t have to do it all at once – any of these elements could be a good starting point (or next step) for an individual, organisation, partnership or system.
Those elements and how we can help you achieve them are listed here:
|Deep and active collaboration||Understanding the system and your role in it||Changing what’s valued and accepted|
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|Bring people in a system together||With training and coaching in systems thinking||Reflect on whose voices are heard in a system.|
|Map a system to understand how it’s working||Root cause mapping and analysis||Create safe spaces to bring the system together and enable different voices to be heard|
|Develop collaborative strategies for change||Power mapping and analysis||Understand and analyse the narratives currently held – and intentionally shift these|
|Develop tools for collaborative learning||Analyse the existing work in your system||Plan new models for power and governance|
|Develop and implement learning frameworks||Causal loop mapping and understanding system incentives||Codify the changes|
|Work with power and injustice|
specialists to understand embedded causes of systemic issues
Start your journey towards inclusive sustainable change with our leading place-based and systemic change services. We’re here to help you move forward.
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