SYSTEMIC INTERVENTION: Multi-Agency, Stakeholder-Engaged System Change | Professor Gerald Midgley – 1-3pm Swedish time (12-2pm UK time), Thursday 12 May 2022.

SYSTEMIC INTERVENTION: Multi-Agency, Stakeholder-Engaged System Change

SYSTEMIC INTERVENTION: Multi-Agency, Stakeholder-Engaged System Change |

Gerald Midgley says:

This is the second of two online seminars I am giving at Linnaeus University in Sweden next week. You’re welcome to sign up for it.


1-3pm Swedish time (12-2pm UK time), Thursday 12 May 2022.…/seminarium-systems-thinkings-20220512/

In this seminar, Gerald Midgley will discuss the systemic intervention methodology that he has been developing for over thirty years. This is useful for tackling really difficult organizational, social and environmental problems – especially when we need to get multiple organizations pulling together on system change. It is also helpful when we want to put the voices of communities, stakeholders or service users at the centre of planning, policy-making, evaluation or organizational design. Gerald will focus on key aspects of his systemic intervention methodology, such as the need for critical reflection on ethical and boundary judgements, and the value of mixing methods from a wide variety of sources to ensure that intervention is flexible and responsive to stakeholders’ concerns. The methodology will then be illustrated with a detailed case study of an intervention conducted in Central Manchester (UK), in which children and a variety of agencies developed new ideas to support young people missing from home or care. Gerald will describe how systemic intervention seeks out and amplifies the voices of marginalized stakeholders (in this case, homeless children). He will also explain the value of mixing a variety of methods to promote co-operation and mutual learning in a situation where getting a commitment to change from all the agencies was highly problematic. While the case study in this talk is about the design of new services for homeless children, this is purely illustrative: the methodology has been used to tackle a wide range of social and ecological issues involving people in the public, private, voluntary and community sectors. Some of projects tackling these issues have involved the resolution of decades-long stakeholder conflicts. In the question and answer session at the end of the talk, Gerald will draw upon some of these other project examples, as and when they are relevant.