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10 Great Websites

Helpful resources to keep exploring.

Learn more about systemic, experimental, 
and participatory practices that can impact your work.

Cognitive Edge is at the leading edge of developing approaches that allow organizations to absorb uncertainty, create resilience, and detect weak signals which more conventional approaches would ignore.
Cognitive Edge is at the leading edge of developing approaches that allow organizations to absorb uncertainty, create resilience, and detect weak signals which more conventional approaches would ignore.

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Reos Partners has been designing and facilitating systemic change projects for 20 years and have built up a rigorous set of transformative methods. Reos Partners enables people mired in complexity, confusion, and conflict to work together to construct new realities—and a better future.

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Social Innovation Generation (SiG) is a group who believes that serious social problems can be solved. SiG’s focus is on fostering social innovation to achieve impact, durability and scale by engaging the creativity and resources of all sectors.

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Human systems dynamics (HSD) gives you models for understanding your world and methods for taking action to change it. HSD helps you recognize the unpredictable, emergent environments of today's social and economic systems, and take informed action to get the results you’re looking for.

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Stanford Social Innovation Review is an award-winning magazine and website that covers cross-sector solutions to global problems. SSIR is written for and by social change leaders in the nonprofit, business, and government sectors who view collaboration as key to solving environmental, social, and economic justice issues.

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Presencing Institute creates awareness-based social technologies for change makers around the world.

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IDEO.org believes that the most potent weapon against global poverty is design. The solutions, systems, and social innovation that arise from truly understanding and designing alongside the poor are the most likely to offer hope and improve lives.

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The Waters Foundation’s Systems Thinking in Schools work is recognized worldwide for making systems thinking accessible and practical, both for children in classrooms as well as executives in boardrooms.

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Tamarack offers a Learning Community for collaborative leadership professionals who are charting new ways to engage people from multiple sectors to work together.

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SAS2’s flexible tools and grounded theory can help you transform situations and relationships between the key actors and their understanding of problems and options.

3 Foundational Books

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Getting to Maybe: How the World is Changing by Frances Westley

Getting to Maybe applies the insights of complexity theory and harvests the experiences of a wide range of people and organizations to lay out a brand new way of thinking about making change in communities, in business, and in the world.

 


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The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization by Peter M. Senge

The Fifth Discipline is based on fifteen years of experience in putting the book’s ideas into practice. As Senge makes clear, in the long run the only sustainable competitive advantage is your organization’s ability to learn faster than the competition. 

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Community Conversations: Mobilizing the Ideas, Skills and Passion of Community Organizations, Governments, Businesses, and People by Paul Born

In community conversations, common goals are embraced by a diverse array of people with different backgrounds and needs, and influencers are drawn from multiple sectors, including community organizations, the various levels of government, and businesses big and small.