Systems Thinking for Social Change Makers

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Series is generously sponsored by Vanderbilt University.

In the public sector, we all work towards creating community change. But sometimes in our day-to-day work on the ground, it can be difficult to step back and consider the big picture and root causes. Systems thinking is a way of framing community change on a broader scale. Experts John Kania, Mark Kramer, and Peter Senge define systems change as “advancing equity by shifting the conditions that hold a problem in place.” How can this approach transform the work of your organization?

In this workshop, we will break down the academic and theoretical nature of systems change by examining case studies and real-world examples. Participants will also learn about various types of systems change and think about how this framework could be applied to their own work.

Topics Addressed: Systems change, theory, Collective Impact, big picture thinking

Course Level: Intermediate

Who should attend: Board members, nonprofit professionals, executive directors,government professionals

CNM Members working toward their Collective Impact Certificate.

Method of Facilitation: Case studies, lecture, workshop

This work will amplify the impact of nonprofits by helping participants:

Understanding the theory of Systems Change anyhow it applies to the nonprofit sector.

Learn best practices and common pitfalls in Systems Change.

Reflect on how different systems interact and the results of multiple systems coinciding.

Understand how Systems Change applies to the Collective Impact movement.

Rod DeVore
September 10, 2019; 9:00 AM to September 10, 2019; 3:30 PM
End Date
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
$130.00 for Members; $215.00 for nonmembers; $130.00 for students

Subject Area(s)
Collective Impact
Center for Nonprofit Management
Other Details
Lunch Included


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This workshop is not currently offered at any other times.