Understanding the problem
Changing systems starts locally, by learning from and listening to the people most affected by an issue. And that’s exactly what Marco shows us in this video.
The many complex factors — whether social, economic, cultural, political, physical, or psychological — that underly a problem might not be obvious at first glance. We can create change that is both radical and sustainable by transforming systems from the inside-out.
What is a “system“?
Sometimes the most challenging part of finding a solution is knowing where to look. Systems exist in various shapes and sizes — some are local, others reach across the globe— and they’re all interconnected. So how do we find the right system to target in order to create the change we want to see?
Again, it starts with listening and learning — this time to help us discover which systems are at play and find the right spot for change.
You can find the right system to target for change — even if it means taking smaller steps.
Creating “systems change”
So how do systems work? This might be the hardest part, but it is also where we start seeing things become very concrete.
The Five R’s framework offers a helpful guide.
Roles are the key players — including businesses, customers, and communities. Roles interact with each other over time to form relationships. Rules refer to laws and regulations.
We also need resources, which are managed according to the roles, relationships, and rules, in order to achieve the end results.
Ultimately, our world’s pressing problems call for changemakers who are curious, open-minded, and ask the right questions. Shifting our mindsets enables us to act and make an impact on a systems level.
Changing systems is exciting work, full of challenges and learning. And you might find that “systems change” puts you on a journey of personal transformation, too.
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