Transforming our Impact: Catalysing Systems Change

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Transforming our Impact: Catalysing Systems Change

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Getting clearer on the ‘what and how’ of systems change starts with decolonising  our current thinking about systems. You’re invited to participate in a rare dialogue exploring systems thinking and systemic change with two practitioners from very different starting points – Melanie Goodchild will share an indigenous perspective and Charles Holmes a more western scientific one.

Melanie Goodchild (Anishinaabe) is moose clan, from Biigtigong Nishnaabeg and Ketegaunseebee First Nations in northwestern Ontario is an innovator and researcher. She will be talking with her colleague, Charles Holmes, from the Academy for Systems Change (the Faculty of which is like a who’s who of systems thinkers including Peter Senge). Charles Holmes, is a highly skilled facilitator of complex stakeholder engagement processes, university lecturer and social entrepreneur.

The topics to be explored in this dialogue include:

·      What does systems change mean?

·      What might decolonising ‘systems change’ mean for our understanding of what it is and how change might emerge?

·      What is relational systems thinking?

There will be time within the session for you to explore your own thoughts and the meaning that  emerges from hearing about the journey that Charles and Melanie have travelled to date.

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Event Timezone Is - UK

Presenter / Host Bio

Melanie Goodchild (Anishinaabe) Melanie Goodchild is moose clan from Biigtigong Nishnaabeg and Ketegaunseebee First Nations in Northern Ontario.  She is the Founder and Co-Director of the Turtle Island Institute, a global Indigenous social innovation think & do tank (a teaching lodge).  The Institute’s virtual teaching lodge Mikinaak Wigyaam (Turtle Lodge) introduces members to Relational Systems Thinking, a uniquely Indigenous approach to deep systems awareness.  Melanie is a Faculty member with the Academy for Systems Change and a member of the Editorial Board for the new (2021) Journal of Awareness-Based Systems Change. In her work, she weaves together her unique perspective of Anishinaabe gikendaasowin (original ways of knowing) with systems thinking, complexity theory and resilience thinking.  Melanie believes in the teaching methods of her ancestors, in “coming to know” on the land, and so she supports initiatives that seek to connect people to ceremony, story, art, language and the land.

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Charles Holmes Charles Holmes is a skilled facilitator and educator whose 25 years of experience have honed a passion for creating meaningful dialogue among groups whose diverse opinions might otherwise work against a common understanding of potential outcomes and commitments to working together. The meetings he has designed and facilitated have focused on complex multi-stakeholder engagement, innovation, conflict resolution, scenario planning and 100’s of strategic planning sessions and other team and group engagements. He has taught in business and executive programs in a number of Universities. He has also helped to establish a range of different organizations, including the Learning Strategies Group at Simon Fraser University, the Cool North Shore Society (focussed on helping citizens reduce their carbon emissions), the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education and the Academy for Systems Change. In all instances, Charles’ number one interest is helping groups to see possibilities for what they might create together, to acknowledge, respect and honour the past, and to explore opportunities for working in collaboration to create better futures.

Event Language - English

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Nov 24, 2021 @ 10:00 PM (GMT) to
Nov 24, 2021 @ 11:30 PM (GMT)


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