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Systems change is the process of altering or transforming how people and structures interact with one another. The goal is to do better with and for the people most impacted by systems, which currently may be working against their wellbeing. Systems change not only alters how we understand the nature of an issue, it also changes our approach and how we see each other.

System Change

The conditions that hold problems in place are the same that hold solutions in place:

Policies and Structures: Explicit norms and expectations, like rules and policies, as well as required tools and processes that define and guide practice. Policies and structures signal what is expected, and set the stage for people to do things differently.

Culture: The under-the-surface set of beliefs, feelings, attitudes, and patterns of assumptions that show up in “how we do things here.” Culture includes relationships, habits, institutional reactions to context and events, history, narratives, how power manifests, and norms that signal belonging.

Practice: How practitioners carry out their craft and engage individuals, families or communities in change. Practice is also the application of an idea, guided by policy and structure, and reflects culture.

“Systemic transformation requires changing practice, structures, and culture in ways that will last.”
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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.