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Community Panel: Systems Practice Course

  • NMC University Center, Room 7 2200 Dendrinos Drive Traverse City, MI, 49684 United States (map)

Some problems persist despite all of our best efforts to solve them. These are wicked problems like homelessness, poverty, climate change, obesity, and food security. With complex problems like these, our traditional ways of seeing and solving problems don't work and can even unintentionally make problems worse. Rotary Charities is actively learning how we can adapt our approach to inspire and support work that is aimed at making core impact within complex problems. With Rotary Charities technical support, teams of peers have been taking an online course through the Omidyar Group and +Acumen, Systems Practice: An Approach to Move from Impossible to Impact. They have learned to:

  • See complex systems in a new way;

  • Find patterns;

  • Identify places where a small change can have a big system impact; and

  • Design experiments that will move toward a healthier state of the system.

They are eager to share what they've learned, walk through some practical tools and discuss with the audience how this practice could be leveraged more broadly in this region.

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