Acting systemically requires systems thinking in tandem. When people discover their own responsibility for perpetuating a problem, they are more motivated to change and take action outside of their own silos.
The Pegasus blog is a great resource for complex but not necessarily complicated change. Here's a few excerpts on systems thinking and acting that features some gold nuggets of thinking in community, systemically. ~ Deb
“What might we have to give up as an individual organization in order to serve the system as a whole?”
Leaders committed to social change increasingly recognize the importance of “getting the whole system in the room.” This means:
- identifying the diverse stakeholders who impact and are affected by a problem
- creating forums where they can meet and share their respective points of view.
There are many approaches to bringing such people together, including Future Search, the World Café, and Open Space.
We call these approaches acting systemically because they facilitate communication among a wide range of stakeholders who might not have previously spoken or listened to each other.
...stakeholders also have individual commitments that often run counter to their espoused collective commitment.
...thinking systemically, people ...begin to see how they unwittingly undermine their own best intentions through their short-term actions.
They are moved to consider the question, “What might we have to give up as an individual organization in order to serve the system as a whole?”
Three options are listed in the blog post including this provocative example:
They might streamline or even close their own organization and shift its services to other organizations in the system who are better positioned to deliver them.
See the full post here.