Inspiration for Change

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Deborah Frieze explains the “two loops,” Berkana Institute’s perspective on systems change.

We believe that the easiest way to change people’s behaviour for the better is by making it fun to do. We call it The fun theory.

This is the Game of We.

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.

R. Buckminster Fuller

A short animated film introducing OpenIDEO, an online community where people can create solutions to some of the world's toughest challenges.

OpenIDEO is a place where people design better, together. It’s an online platform for creative thinkers for social good. 

Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has.

Margaret Mead

Top 10 Mistakes in Behavior Change

from Stanford Persuasive Tech Lab

From Allison Fine, co-author with Beth Kanter of The Networked Nonprofit:

"The size of the (philanthropy) sector has exploded geometrically but on any measure of social change, the needle hasn’t moved," Fine told those attending the 2010 Personal Democracy Forum. “The problem? Complex social problems today outstrip the capacity of any single organization or individual to solve them. We don’t need to grow non-profits. We need to grow networks for social change.”

We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.

Sir Winston Churchill

The Living Principles for Design framework is a catalyst for driving positive cultural change. It distills the four streams of sustainability – environment, people, economy, and culture – into a roadmap that is understandable, integrated, and most importantly, actionable. Designers, business leaders, and educators can use The Living Principles to guide every decision, every day.

We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.

Albert Einstein

The Betterness Manifesto

Every revolution begins from the bottom up. Fed up with the status quo? Tired of the 20th century? Then don’t just talk about it. Reject it and refuse it. Build a better 21st century instead.

Real change doesn’t begin with governments, presidents, or prime ministers. It begins with each of us. In the 20th century, never-ending mass-marketing, monopoly, and mega-politics came together to convince us, each and every one, that we’re not really free: just free enough to choose between different flavors of the same old toxic junk. It was a trick, a ploy, a television hallucination. We’re the freest people in history. It’s time to use it like we meant it.

One of history’s greatest builders once said: “be the change you want to see in the world”. Let me update Gandhi’s wisdom for the next decade. Want a revolution? Be the revolution you want to see in the world.

So what can you do? Here are eight ways to kick start betterness:…

The complete Betterness Manifesto, by Umair Haque at the Harvard Business Review.

First and foremost – we are human.

From Human Ventures


we are compassionate
we are diverse
we are creative
we are purposeful
we are hopeful
we are enquiring

we are advocates
we are innovators
we are enablers
we are custodians

we are connected

we are HUMAN.

We live in a time, more than any other time in history, with broad prosperity and longevity of life.
We live in a time, more than any other time in history, where people have access to the tools and resources to have a voice and to be heard.

We live in an age of global information and communication, yet people are increasingly more isolated, and family breakdown is on the rise.

People are working longer hours and face increasing rates of depression, and poor mental health.
Faceless entities and globalisation deliver products and services on demand, yet little is being invested back into communities and there is limited connection with the people and ecosystems that ensure our standards of living are maintained.

Our environment and natural resources are under significant strain.
The rich are getting richer, yet the poor remain very poor.

We need positive change.

“The biggest disease today is… the feeling of being unwanted, uncared for, and deserted by everybody. The greatest evil is the lack of love and charity, the terrible indifference toward one’s neighbour.”1

By diminishing others, we diminish ourselves.
It is not enough to be tolerant.
It is not enough to do no harm.

In 2008, researchers proved the theory that on average we are bound to everyone on this planet by a trail of little more than 6 people.2 This understanding exists as more than a gimmick or a social experiment.

We realise we are part of something bigger than ourselves and that “the only way we can ever be human is together”.3

We strive for a new paradigm that considers and encourages social, economic, cultural and environmental benefits in all human activity.
We actively uphold and seek to realise the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Convention on the Rights of the Child.

We take our passion, skills and networks and give them expression in all areas of our life.

We use our creativity to challenge, to question, to reinvent, to discover new solutions to old and emerging problems.

We use our powers for good, not evil (or indifference).

We work to equip and empower the vulnerable, poor, unheard, and under-valued.

We share the stories that need to be told.
Not the syndicated and dehumanizing violence, mayhem, crime and objectification fed to us through ‘popular’ media. Rather, the stories that dispel myths, communicate ideas, educate, enlighten, heal and unite.

We harness the power of creativity to positively change people’s lives.
Not just to sell more stuff to more people.

We harness the power of entrepreneurship as an agent of community benefit and to redress disadvantage.

We actively promote and equip people, initiatives and services that enrich humanity and create a better future for all.

We endorse this manifesto and seek to share its desire for peace and hope.

1 Mother Teresa
2 The Guardian, 3 August 2008
3 The Most Reverend Desmond M. Tutu

The Power of Pull: How Small Moves, Smartly Made, Can Set Big Things in Motion

"Pull is about expanding our awareness of what is possible and evolving new dispositions, mastering new practices, and taking new actions to realize those possibilities. It’s about figuring out how to be systematic in how we combine work and life to pursue our passions, howto find other who share our passion but bring different experiences and perspectives to challenging performance needs, and how to create conditions where we’re more likely to happen upon interesting people, resources and opportunities — even as we contribute the same chances to others.”

The Power of Pull: How Small Moves, Smartly Made, Can Set Big Things in Motion, written by John Hagel III, John Seely Brownand Lang Davison. 

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