What is this 'Mission-oriented Innovation' everyone is talking about? Fieldnotes from a 2 day deep dive workshop into challenge-led approaches.
It is the interplay of intention and emergence which, dancing together, enables us to influence the future of the system towards a desired state.
The promise of Nature-based Solutions are to address dual crises of climate change and biodiversity loss, whilst also supporting human health and wellbeing.
We know that the coming years are crucial for taking rapid collective action if we want to minimise the damage caused by our own actions. It feels important to me personally to bring my skills and experience to the table professionally, having spent the better part of 15 years exploring
Beyond storytelling as communication about what has happened, toward creating meaning and collective action for intentional change in our world.
5 of the best resources, reports and articles about communication for systems change that I have found.
This post is a summary of a workshop with systems change practitioners exploring how they relate to communications as a function of their work.
My new role is focused on support the Regenerating Australia program, which includes a short film by Damon Gameau, a community visioning workshop resource, an online network, $2m Challenge Fund, and a series of Local Learning Labs - which is what I've been brought in to design.
> Halting climate change. Eradicating disease. Lifting up the arts. Ending poverty. At their core, foundations and nonprofits are in the business of developing and advancing big, bold ideas. If you want your ideas to take hold, you need to communicate and communicate well. It’s not an option anymore—it’
I remember the feeling as the humid air hit me as I stepped off the plane in Kota Kinabalu, and the rush of excitment as I knew this was the start of a new adventure that I had no idea where it would take me. This new chapter started 15
How do we effectively communicate about systems change initiatives in order to make them accessible, fundable and more impactful?
This post aims to capture some insights and resources which inform how we might approach change work differently than more linear 'cause and effect' planning-based efforts which have dominated the landscape of change work in the last 50 years or so.
In this fieldnote, I'm going to dive into the guiding principles for my complexity practice - including a focus on Portfolio Approaches, Learning and Funding.
How can we work in organisations that don't see complexxity, if we're committed to embracing complexity in our practice?
How can we address the biodiversity crisis, the climate crisis, whilst also improving human & more-than-human wellbeing?
It's been the best part of 10 years I've been exploring and writing about complexity now - it's about time to capture some of the main learnings about the implications, rather than the substance.
The Lab environment, it may be their first exposure to engaging in collaborative, cross-disciplinary research and prototyping, thus we have a responsibility to make part of our container setting about exploring ethical considerations.
Exploring different metaphors for change to support individuals and teams to better navigate organisational transformation.
This is not a post encouraging you taking an online course in the middle of the pandemic.
Learning Change is a series featuring Amanda Tattersall, Tyson Yunkaporta, Nora Bateson and myself, exploring the development of cultures of transition.
Is 'systems thinking' a passing fad for Government, or a zeitgeist which captures an important shift where complexity is embraced instead of fought against?
Contributing to global conversations about how to chart a course forward. COVID-19 has profoundly changed our world in one short/interminable year. Many people have lost their lives. Society has been turned upside down. Many people have been working to keep their organisations, groups, businesses and government departments alive, rapidly
This post focuses on the recent advancements in a 'portfolio' approach to change work which is happening across multiple organisations, and is an interesting signal in a move away from planning-based approaches.
This post focuses on developing some good practice patterns for communicating systems change work. I have a particular interest in systems change strategies, which may be early stage or representing organisations in transition to working more systemically.
Announcing the "Learning Change: adaptive social learning for transition times" series with Nora Bateson, Tyson Yunkaporta, Amanda Tattersall and Sam Rye.
Scanning the landscape for existing and emerging technology which could be effectively utilised for a nature restoration and conservation project.
Around the world, groups and organisations are scrambling to reinvent how we enable and/or do environmental conservation work during these large scale societal lockdowns.
Climate resilience and adaptation needs to be enabled, developed and nurtured at all levels of our society, with collective strategies vital to supporting a systemic transformation to move us towards a doughnut society.
This article is a summary of a rather boisterous twitter thread which invited examples of participatory futures & collective visioning, for a COVID-19 era of social distancing.
A Facilitator's Workshop Guide for supporting people to work together. Back in 2012 I got together with some friends from Enspiral to develop a monthly event to get people working together more. I was having 10s of conversations with people in Wellington about their projects, and kept found myself connecting
This post is my early explorations of Australian Bushfire Recovery with Conservation Volunteers Australia. We are coordinating a nationwide environmental volunteering response for bushfire recovery.
As the patterns build, I slowly allow myself to admit a rising terror about the changing climate here in Australia. All image rights are Bureau of Meterology> Based on preliminary analysis, yesterday, Australia recorded its hottest day on record. The nationally-averaged maximum daytime temp was 41.9 °C exceeding the
Why are systems thinking and complexity so... complex? In this post I share one activity and 6 resources to help you to be more comfortable in the complexity of our world.
This is a fieldnote which attempts to articulate four ingredients which are mixing around in my head, all converging to inform the development of a platform to support environmental conservation groups.
Volunteer Impact is closing down after 6 years of exploring through entrepreneurial and academic paths, and being reborn with Conservation Volunteers.
I'm delighted to announce the release of the Field Guide to Experimentation which I developed for Monash University's School of Art Design & Architecture ( MADA [https://www.monash.edu/mada]). Read the Experimentation Field Guide at mada.gitbook.io [https://mada.gitbook.io/experimentation-field-guide/] The field guide is a resource for
Strategic Design practice is made up of a wide range of activities, methods and tools, and is much less well articulated than the likes of Service Design. This post draws on my original post from my Masters research project [https://www.samrye.xyz/masters/], which used Systemic & Strategic Design practice
At the turn of the year I felt a strong call to return to work on biodiversity & climate. I'm delighted to say that at the end of the month, I will be rejoining Conservation Volunteers [https://conservationvolunteers.com.au/] (Australasia's largest conservation volunteering organisation), as Manager of Communications & Marketing. I
Modelling and communicating how to shift systems As I’ve written about in the recent past, [https://medium.com/mdes-environmental-social-impact] I focused my recently completed Masters of Design focused on a domain I’m particularly passionate about — environmental issues. This post aims to uncover some of the research, thinking and
Recently I’ve been looking into finding a new home for my skills and experience. One of the organisations I've been speaking to is a leader in the philanthropy sector in Australia.
I was recently invited to work with Swinburne University’s Masters of Design Strategy & Innovation students, to deliver a participatory toolkit session using organic materials to scaffold their reflection on Design Leadership research thus far.
I'm breaking up with Medium. Since 2013, I've been primarily writing on Medium.com. Since that time, Medium has changed. Lately, it's done the path I really hoped it wouldn't - encouraging people to paywall their writing.
We run our Pilot, and then if it works, we scale it up. Yet, all too often the ‘scaled up’ version doesn’t have the same effect as the pilot. Why is this? In a word: complexity.
This post focuses on some professional and personal reflections from 2018, spanning my Masters, Consulting, and more. In it, I touch on systems change, experimentation, strategy, seasonality and nature.
This article is a plea to stop pouring so much resource into solely “getting ideas started” and then making them pitch for funding.
Exploring the landscape of emerging Strategic Design practice As I’ve journeyed deeper into my Masters of Design [https://www.samrye.xyz/masters/], I’ve explored a vast landscape of practice which focuses on how to intervene in complex challenges from the fuzzy front end of design (Sanders & Stappers 
Awhile ago Anna Guenther, the excellent Chief Bubble Blower of Kiwi crowdfunding site PledgeMe, tweeted a shout out for tools to build a first product/app/website. This is the redux of my popular 'My Startup Stack' post.
Musings on the importance of the quality of relationships in the context of social labs and social innovation programs TLDR; * Building community is an end in itself, and one of the best factors to increase the health and resilience of systems. * Building relationships shouldn't be left to 'happen along the
Entrepreneurship is a process, not a destination. To help you on that journey, here's the stack of tools I use to drive the train.
How were we supposed to tell a story when we were only just learning about the multiple layers of value we were creating for society?
In this article, I outline how we developed an impact evaluation framework, and an experimentation practice which drove our ability to rapidly gain insight.