Denmark has some of the best social systems in the world. And yet like many other societies we are now facing big societal challenges that those systems were not designed to meet. We need not just innovative solutions but system innovation. This initiative will equip leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs with the practical knowledge and tools to embark on system innovation.
There is always innovation going on inside a system to improve its performance, and not all systems need to change. We need more fundamental system innovation in two situations:
As systems change becomes more urgent, so does the question of how to shift systems. Our paper Building Better Systems introduced four keys to unlock system innovation: purpose, power, relationships and resource flows. Join us over the next few months when we launch a new webinar series and articles with frameworks on how to put these keys to work, and delving deeper into the issues involved with a host of inspiring systems innovation practitioners.
How do we move forward when improving our existing systems is no longer enough? It is easy to say that ‘systems need to change’ and much harder to do in practice: many social innovations fail to have significant impact because they don’t shift the systems around them. Because systemic challenges cross public, private and civic boundaries, they need a different kind of collaborative innovation.
This initiative aims to close the gap between system theory and system change in practice. We will be working with collaborators in Denmark and around the world who are experts in different aspects of system innovation, and innovative leaders and entrepreneurs who have transformed systems in practice. The goal is to build the practical knowledge, frameworks, methods and relationships that can help people who are part of enacting system change – whether they are leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs, investors, policy makers, regulators or community advocates – to create the next generation of systems for public good.
Director of Social Innovation Jennie Winhall, email@example.com.
Read more about system innovation on the initiative’s homepage