Weeks 14 - Systems Building

Systems change is about changing the structure of a complex organization so as to realize the emergence of new overall functions and capacities. This is an endeavor to shape a new level of alignment across a system; to realize a new pattern of cooperation amongst actors and a higher-level of overall functionality. As such the job of the systems builder is to develop innovation ecosystems that align diverse actors in new synergistic ways. This is not an easy endeavor but one that is now made possible by new ways of organizing through information-based networks.

In this guide we go in-depth on the key aspects we must consider in this process of building collaborative networks of diverse actors. We expand upon the primary considerations in developing networked organizations, new wholistic value models, scaling engines and impact assessments relevant for whole systems change. The guide should be of relevance for anyone attempting to develop collaborative ecosystems for transformative change.