‘Systems change now’ has become a slogan of our time – whether it’s the ever-growing urgency of the climate emergency, growing inequalities worldwide or the need for new ways of thinking, all these issues will only be transformed through radical changes to their systems.
But systems change and systems innovation work takes building different capabilities, ones that can support working in uncertainty and complexity. We need to be learning at a rapid pace, from and within organisations, learning to measure impact differently and embracing experimental ways of working.
How can we create space for these spaces to thrive in order for us to tackle the biggest issues of our time?
The Learning Festival by the Systems Innovation Learning Partnership is an annual opportunity to explore the cutting edge of systems innovation and learning, bringing together diverse organisations in a participatory space to discuss and challenge each other on these issues.
Our online learning sessions take place daily across Wednesday 7 June, Thursday 8 June and Friday 9 June from 10.00 to 12.30 (CET). Each day will:
- begin with a collective landing and offer from a guest poet
- feature an in-depth explorative conversation of the the daily topic by our session contributors (more info below)
- round off with a participatory hour of reflecting on and engaging with the topic in practice.
The partnership, supported by EIT Climate-KIC and Sida, has been working over the past two years to collaborate, experiment, learn and share ideas to help activate innovation across whole systems.
Join us to learn about organisations working together in deeply collaborative processes around systems thinking and systems innovation. How can organisations learn, support and practice together for greater transformative potential? We will dive into the emerging practices of cross-organisational collaborative learning and the deeply useful challenges it brings in supporting positive change. Contributors are:
- Vanessa Armendáriz, Director of the Global Sustainability Fellows Program
- Florentina Bajraktari, Global Programmes Manager, Presencing Institute
- Maggie Wang, Poet
We will explore how organisations and their people have moved into the practice of systems thinking and systems innovation. What is this change process like in practice? How does one really bridge old practices with the new? Contributors will share their experiences from their own contexts, sharing both the challenges and transformative potential of bringing systemic approaches into the organisational setting. Contributors are:
- Ceaser Kimbugwe, Head of Programmes, WaterAid Uganda
- Mariana Mirabile, Economist, OECD
- Luong Nguyen, Head of Solutions Mapping, Accelerator Lab, UNDP
- Emma Proud, Independent Consultant
- Larissa Setaro, Senior Project Manager – Climate Change, IIED
- Awa Madiage, Poet
How we define impact has a tremendous effect on the allocation of resources. Striving for system level change calls for radically new ways of defining and measuring impact, despite many funders still requiring reporting against traditional indicators and KPIs. How can both funders and funding recipients navigate this tension, and create more space for innovative approaches that actually measure transformative impact? And what can funders do to pave the way for radical shifts to more inclusive ways to what is considered impact, and what we choose to measure and evaluate? Contributors are:
- Zeynep Falay von Flittner, Transition Designer, Falay Transition Design, Design Activists for Regenerative Futures and Systems Change Finland
- Nick Grono, CEO, Freedom Fund
- Kahiwa Sabire, Director, Invalue Consulting
- Delah Dube, Poet