Covid-19 and systems change: some reflections from the field
May 21 · 9 min read
This extraordinary global situation that we’re in right now calls for us to be able to appreciate and work with the world in a way that is complex and systemic. David Nabarro, a high-level advocate of living systems leadership and current Special Envoy of World Health Organization Director-General on Covid-19, has summed up the extent to which this crisis — and therefore how we must address it — is deeply systemic, in one of his recent Coronavirus narratives:
The anticipation [in response to Covid-19] goes beyond public health and hospital systems to the functioning of different settlements, arrangement for residential care, the resilience of systems for producing and distributing food as well as for ensuring people’s access to nutrition, employment, travel, trade. It involves all of society’s systems: for ensuring access to education, law and order, food and nutrition, employment, social protection and much more.
As I read ever more articles from distinguished and accomplished system change practitioners from different places in the world, I have been reflecting and sense-making through the lense of a framework that we use at the School of System Change.