Why Process is Even More Important Than Outcomes with Systems Work

Why Process is Even More Important Than Outcomes with Systems Work

The industry of social change has grown to be larger than the global finance industry, employing about 7% of the world’s workforce. Yet, most observers would agree that it’s not always delivering the change we need. Current approaches, which rely on industrial models of production and power to solve social problems are, in fact, designed to entrench the status quo. 

In their wonderful new book, The Systems Work of Social Change: How to Harness Connection, Context, and Power to Cultivate Deep and Enduring Change, co-authors Cynthia Rayner and François Bonnici draw on 200 years of history to uncover principles and practices for social change that radically depart from these approaches. And it’s a pleasure to have them with us now.

Global Social Progress Index: 2021 Ranking of 168 Countries

Global Social Progress Index: 2021 Ranking of 168 Countries

The Social Progress Imperative uses data to influence policies and investments to better serve all of humanity. They partner with leaders in every sector – government, business, and civil society – to meet the pressing needs of communities and equip them with the right information to tackle urgent global challenges. And here to discuss with us some of their latest work is Michael Green, the chief executive officer of the Social Progress Imperative.

5 Approaches For Leaders To Thrive in Complexity

5 Approaches For Leaders To Thrive in Complexity

The massive amounts of complexity and change that leaders face these days are unprecedented. And our system, both organizational and bodily systems, are not automatically good at coping with this. In fact, our instinct to simplify a complex world can be dangerous. 

This tendency and how to address it is captured in a wonderful book by my next guest. She is Jennifer Garvey Berger, the CEO of Cultivating Leadership and author of Unlocking Leadership Mindtraps: How to Thrive in Complexity.

She’s The First Helps Girls to Choose Their Own Future

She’s The First Helps Girls to Choose Their Own Future

All over the world, girls are treated as second to boys. Far too often, girls are denied an education, told who and when to marry, and blocked from leadership positions. Educated and respected girls are the exception, not the norm. 

That is why the organization my next guest helps lead puts girls first. She is Christen Brandt, co-founder and COO of She’s the First and co-author of Impact: A Step-by-Step Plan to Create the World You Want to Live In. 

AID:Tech: Bringing Traceability to International Aid

AID:Tech: Bringing Traceability to International Aid

AID:Tech’s platform brings transparency and traceability to the distributions of resources by governments, NGOs, corporations, and charities. And by using blockchain applications, they are able to bring access and inclusion to the underserved. 

Here to tell us about how this all works in practice, it’s a pleasure to have Niall Dennehy, the co-founder and COO of AID:Tech. 

How the Internet Can Sense and Verify Changes in the State of the World

How the Internet Can Sense and Verify Changes in the State of the World

As philanthropists and impact investors pour money into social and environmentally-focused businesses and projects, a nagging question often hovers over their efforts: Is the capital actually ending up where it’s intended? And is it delivering impact in a measurable, tangible manner? The ixo Foundation based in South Africa believes blockchain technology could help us assure that the answer to that is: Yes.

And here to tell us how, it’s a pleasure to have Dr. Shaun Conway, the founder and president of the ixo Foundation.