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Systems Practice Course: Now available on demand!

Finding New Solutions to Complex Community Problems
Curriculum created by The Omidyar Group & +Acumen

Dig into the complex community problem you care most about with Systems Practice: An Approach to Move from Impossible to Impact Course. Put together a team with diverse perspectives to investigate your complex problem from many angles. The course will help you frame your complex problem in a new way, illuminating all of the contributing factors - both expected and unexpected - and uncovering opportunities for impact.

“Turns out transforming society is hard. Crazy hard, actually. But don't worry, systems practice is here to help. For me, the systems practice course was invaluable to better understand the challenges and complexities of grassroots, neighborhood-level advocacy. It also identified super helpful leverage points that Norte could use to better empower ordinary people to be awesome. Systems practice rocks!” -Ty Schmidt, Grassroots Advocates for Healthy Communities Team

This course is for you if:

  • You work to eliminate one of our community’s most complex problems.

  • You’ve seen the same problems resurface again and again, despite your best efforts.

  • You’ve noticed we are good at easing today’s symptoms, but the overall problem never gets any better.

  • You feel like you’ve made progress in one aspect of the problem, but another aspect has gotten worse.

  • You’re ready to bring a diverse team together to take a deep dive into the system surrounding the community issue you care most about.

  • You’re considering apply for a Systems Change Accelerator grant. Course participation is not a grant requirement, but a collaborative systems approach is. This course can be a good first step.

We’ve teamed up with the national course designers and local coaches to have the materials and support ready when your team is!  And it’s free of charge.

“A great way to step back, take a look at the whole system, talk with all the stakeholders and find consensus on where to move forward.  -Michele Worden, Northwest Michigan Food Coalition Team

How it works:

  • Build a passionate & committed team of 3-6 changemakers with the capacity to dive deeply into your complex problem. Teams from existing networks or coalitions focused on community-level change are ideal.

  • Rotary Charities provides a local guide to work with you throughout the course as a learning partner, meeting facilitator, and homework guide.

  • Establish an appropriate pace with your team and guide.

  • Complete 7 online course modules with individual readings, short videos and team homework.

  • Meet with your team regularly to discuss content and complete homework. Commitment is likely to be about 60 hours in all.

  • Participate with other teams and community members in a local showcase to share what you’ve learned.

Questions? Ready to dive into your complex community problem? Contact Freya Bradford to get started.