Empowering Change Agents

# Kerry's Notes What's involved Making time to be a change agent Facilitating Empowering Seeing Systems Toolkit Sensimod tools Fedwiki Lydia story Being a model Change - what sort of change? Agency Leverage Wisdom Seeing the system that discourages us Characteristics of a change agent Can they be created or discovered Experiments Reigniting the joy of learning Coach/Guide/Mentor role

# Marc's Notes

**WHY PARtICIPATE** 1. To experience a broad, deep, and relevant (re)familiarization with critical concepts, methods, tools, and skills for leading or supporting system change from local to global scales. (Here focused on local civil society scale for reasons that will be clarified and discussed.) 2. Access to world-class guides, co-explorers, and peers 3. Shift the system into a more appropriate paradigm 4. The price of participation is your committed participation. Personal ROI is up to you. Legacy.

**Resources** - Open source frameworks, methods, and tools - Volunteer participants (supported by self, families, employers, local associations, local foundations - Essential paid services for ReLocalize-See the Systems -Coordinators -Coaches for coaches -Communication staff and services -Curriculum and media development -Start with 4 FTEs and 20K/year (rule of thumb=>double or triple initial estimate)

**Learning Network** - ReLocalize Creativity / See the Systems - Mentor Change Agents - Neighborhood Youth Change Agents (plus elders invited by youth) - Community Stakeholders engaged in youth initiated change

**Empower Mentor Change Agents** - Equip and coach OR professionals as high leverage change agents (catalysts--beyond leadership) - 2 year commitment with RC-StS or equivalent - Catalytic role (transformative role) not reagent role (not exhausted in the process) - Highly leveraged - 2 mentors (leads and alternates to two teams) to 10 youth (two teams of 4-7 each) - RC-StS support and suggestions for successful matching of change agents to local action oriented learners

**Empower Youth Change Agents** - To understand their local world as a system of systems - To design changes that improve life in their neighborhoods - To engage with neighborhood associations, businesses, governments and administrative districts - To take action that is potentially extensible and sustainable

**EmPower** Start by working with the people who currently have the capacity to engage actively in their neighborhoods. Legitimate power (for public good) has three interacting sources: 1. Shared Ideals--for the sake of what? 2. Influence with one another--who cares enough to cooperate now? 3. Shared Goals and Actions--who has the time and resources to create results now?

**Categories of Stakeholders:** Always remember that in democratic settings civil society is the source and reason for both business and government. - Civil society--neighbors and their associations - Business--locally controlled (preferably locally owned) - Public sector--governments and administrative districts

**Nesting Iterative Framework** (To be co-developed with participants) - Context of Problems and Solutions - Of Paradigms and Purposes - The Politics of Engagement - Proven Models and Methods for Navigating Complexity for successful **Local Systemic Change** - Neighborhood Scale Cooperation among 3 Sectors -Led by civil society rather than business or government

**Thought Leaders** PAST - Donella Meadows - Elinor Ostrom - John McKnight - Frederic Vester - Ross Ashby - Stafford Beer - Aristotle - Russ Ackoff - Chris Argyris LIVING - John McKnight - Dave Snowden - Peter Robertson - Bob Sadler - Diane Downs, Phillip Cousins


- Causal Loop Diagrams and System Dynamics

- Cynefin -Dave Snowden's problem solution spaces

- Sofi -Enterprise modelling for coordinated ethical action

- SensiMod -Vester's and Malik's integrated approach to interconnected thinking and intelligent action

- Compelling organizing narratives -Marshal Ganz

- Support creation and operation of local co-ops

**Foundational Tools**

- Federated Wiki (FedWiki) -Ward Cunningham's radical new wiki for transparent democratic communication and learning. -Open source -Extremely adaptable -A content delivery platform fit for use, adaptation, and reuse

- Virtual Obaya Rooms for each neighborhood -Work together, communicate, track progress, illuminate situations, educate participants in the , etc.

- Nested Systems -Growth and death: understanding the S-curve -Recursions -Metasystems -Semi-lattice -Polycentric governance

- Viable Systems -VSM, Stafford Beer -Sofi, Downs & Cousins

- Types of Goods & Sectors of Economy: -Commons (common pool resources) -Public Goods -Private Goods -Toll Goods

- Systems Mapping -Linkage mapping, from Deming and API -Jönpöping County Council, Sweden -Medford, Oregon -Spokane, Washington

**Frameworks and associated Methods**