The Art and Strategy of Changing Systems: Part 2 – On Human Enterprise, Niko Canner

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The Art and Strategy of Changing Systems: Part 2

In my last post, I wrote about two critical dimensions of the strategy of systems change: the kernel of causality that breaks down a large change into pivotal events at a human level; and how this ground-level kernel connects to the higher levels of a complex system. In this second post of three, I focus on two other dimensions of systems change work:
  • The dimension of time, and how to navigate the long journeys that are inevitable with any big goal
  • Forming a “we” that balances cohesion behind a shared purpose and a shared path, reach, and sustainability
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These first two posts focus on the mechanisms by which a system can be changed, the journey to effect this change, and the “we” who undertake this journey.  The third and final post will take us closer to the cliff face of driving change, solving the particular “how to” challenges that must be overcome, at any given moment, to move forward – and navigating the inevitable moments in which one gets stuck, stalled in the face of an obstacle one doesn’t know how to overcome.