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Knitting together the core concepts from our Bootcamp
We’ve covered a lot of ground in the Bootcamp. Here’s how you can bring it all together to make a difference in your system or community:
Systems change work involves much more than can be conveyed in a short online bootcamp. Need help navigating all the nuances and complexities as you seek to change your system? We’d be happy to talk.
  1. Commit to seeing the world in a full frame
    If you take away one thing from the Bootcamp, we hope it’s that when you start with people, you get new possibilities. Systems change is about far more than identifying problems and creating programs. So in your change efforts, commit to:

  2. Design your approach to transformation
    Transformation is a journey and doesn’t happen overnight. We recommend starting by identifying current pain points and/or change efforts that are already underway. Then, when you’re already revamping structures or processes, you can use the five domains of wellbeing and tradeoffs analysis as approaches to help you deliver better outcomes for the change effort you’re already working on — this will make wellbeing feel integrated into the work and build buy-in. Ultimately, by demonstrating success in a first initiative, you’ll create momentum and build toward larger transformation.
  3. Choose a place to begin
    So where do you start? Identify an opportunity with the potential for big ripple effects, such as a key pain point that many people deeply want to change; an area facing significant external pressure or accountability for change; or a structure or process that is a top strategic priority for the organization.
  4. Integrate a wellbeing orientation into your change effort
    Once you’ve identified a change effort to focus on, use the ideas from the Bootcamp to guide your work, such as:

    • Challenge narratives of deviance and difference that drive us apart and hold problems in place. Ask questions like: Whose perspective is missing? Are we making any assumptions? How would the end result change if we shifted our initial assumptions?
    • Take an asset-based, community-centered approach that ensures the people most impacted by the issues are driving the conversation about needs, solutions, and change.
    • Find others who are hungry for change and partner with them. Not sure where to start? We’ve got a free community you can join.
    • Share stories and examples of how others approached a similar problem.
    • Remind your team that change is only worth it to people, and is only durable, when it doesn’t deeply undermine our wellbeing.
  5. Still need help?
    We hope this Bootcamp has been a great way to jumpstart your systems change efforts! If you’re looking for assistance moving your efforts forward, drop us a line and we’d love to explore how FFI might be able to help.


The system is rigged, and the solution isn’t just to create more programs for people harmed by these unfair systems. The solution is to reimagine these systems to make our country fairer and more equitable for everyone — which means ensuring that the places where we work, live, play and pray tap into people’s drive for wellbeing, instead of undermining wellbeing for some and enabling it for others.

That’s what we do.