The Water of Systems Change

This article from John Kania, Mark Kramer, and Peter Senge, aims to clarify what it means to shift the conditions holding problems in place and provides an actionable model for those interested in creating systems change.

Through defining the 6 conditions of systems change and highlighting organizations that are shifting systems, the article explores:

  • How systemic conditions perpetuate inequity and reinforce racism, sexism, or ableism.
  • The critical need for foundations to focus on changing relationships and connections, power dynamics, and mental models in their work.
  • How foundations can build the capacity to support systems change internally and externally.

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June 2018

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John Kania, Mark Kramer, Peter Senge



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