2. Building the Foundations

Welcome to Building the Foundations! This phase of the Collaborative Change Cycle
is about becoming more open to working together, building a shared understanding of the system, brokering agreement that business as usual is not enough to make large scale impact, and partnering with community as the foundation for change.

 

What you might see 

  • An eagerness to get going but also a dawning reality of the complexity of the work;
  • A developing group of champions for the work;
  • A focus on changes that can be influenced or controlled by the current participants;
  • People engaging in ‘trial and error’, or experimentation, for the first time. 

 

 

What you can do 

  • Collectively explore assumptions about systems, lives, and solutions – current and future – and the actions that could get form the current to the future;
  • Build mindsets and capabilities in seeing and working in systems, understanding lived experience, developing effective solutions and place-based systems interventions;
  • Avoid worrying too much about getting everything right or having perfect collaboration. The goal is to learn. 
     

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Unpacking Co-Design

This resource unpacks key concepts of ‘co-design’ and explains how the range of design-based traditions that sit under the co-design banner have something very important to bring to social innovation. 

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Facilitating Meaningful and Productive Conversations

This resource can help you deepen your understanding of facilitation.

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Practical Tools to Trigger & Support Social Innovation

This resource comprises a range of tools for inventing, adopting and adapting ideas that can deliver better results.

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Collective Action Toolkit

This resource contains a set of activities and methods that enables groups of people to organise, collaborate, and create solutions for problems affecting their community. 

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Systems Practice Workbook

This resource will walk you through a rigorous version of a systems practice, which will prepare you to be a discerning user of other systems and tools that can complement this approach.

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Rich pictures

This resource explains how to explore, acknowledge and define a situation and express it through diagrams to create a preliminary mental model.

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The Systemic Design Toolkit

This resource describes a seven-step process for engaging in systemic design via collaborative co-creation sessions and includes practical templates.

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Insights for innovation

This resource describes different types of insight, the attributes of a good insight, the place of insights in design processes, and how to create stronger insights.

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Situational Leadership (Understanding Complexity)

This resource uses a basic matrix to distinguish between simple, complicated, political, complex, and chaotic issues and challenges, and the types of intervention most appropriate to each.

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