| Helen Sharp
Published by – New Philanthropy Capital
Author – Ellen Harries, Rachel Wharton and Rob Abercrombie
Date of publication – June 2015
I want to understand systems change. This is based on my growing impatience with an unkind system which often resists the brave new collaborative world but at its worse, entirely sabotages it. It’s time to think big and this report has been an excellent introduction to what could seem an overwhelming and unruly ally.
Systems change literature is concrete and compelling when making a case for it but can be vague about how to achieve it.
Understandably, there are various approaches to systems change with many debates and little consensus, but New Philanthropy Capital have pulled all of these together, drawing out their similarities and themes to provide you with a clear set of principles which should be considered when you’re attempting to change a system. It could be a minefield, but I found this report reassuring in its critique of the process; there are some key points which I’d like to highlight:
After reading this, I know which practice of systems change I would align to and overall, New Philanthropy Capital recommend taking a collaborative and reflective approach, one which involves all stakeholders including citizens and one which pushes and challenges the boundaries and assumptions we hold so dear. It chimes so clearly with the ‘new way of thinking’ – now I feel more able to try it out.
There is an ongoing need to shine a light on dysfunctional systems which fail to address social problems or actively make them worse.
Click here to read the report in full.