23 January 2011
Dear SoL Members:
SoL’s future will be exciting; especially over the next year. With this letter we are sharing what we are seeing today and inviting you to actively participate in bringing it to life. You hold that future of global SoL in your hands and by your actions you determine the results. You are a vital part of the greater SoL community for many very important reasons including expanding your connections, energizing your work, learning from others, and/or sharing your experience. The coming year offers a variety of ways to expand these rewards by both learning from and contributing to the global body of knowledge.
SoL continues to grow as communities form or re-activate in areas such as Columbia, Hungary, Philippines, and Croatia. We continue the process of revising our organizational structures, the introduction new programs, and the collaboration with partners who share our practice with an ever widening audience. We are moving together into our next phase to accelerate our growth.
SoL 2.0 will multiply our collective impact by collecting, leveraging, and disseminating what we are learning. Today the global SoL community includes over thirty-five regional and topical communities around the world together working for meaningful, measurable results. In addition, SoL has key strategic partnerships with other pioneering systemic change networks such as the Presencing Institute and the World Café and Appreciative Inquiry networks, which both broadens our overall reach and enriches the collective toolkit available to all. Practical experiences and approaches from these networks are shared through conferences, publications, hundreds of practical application projects, capacity building programs (training, mentoring, and peer networks), and through on-line communities. SoL 2.0 will enhance our work with each other and its impact.
Specifically, in SoL 2.0 we are working to:
- Strengthen the community that inspires and informs systemic change: SoL’s coordination, communication and self-governance system, suitable for a global network of networks that keeps everyone aligned around advancing theory, tools and methods, and practical know-how.
- Implement a business model that supplements endowment income and grants with network-wide revenues from capacity building, membership fees and publications.
- Re-design SoL’s connectivity based on flexible infrastructures for collaboration that can interconnect a million and more members through an inclusive open space.
All parts of SoL 2.0 are interrelated thus will be self-amending allowing continual development as each part is implemented.
In 2011 we will see the continuation of many of the central activities that enhance our work and we have come to enjoy such as regular publications of Reflections, the continued offering of Foundations for Leadership in March & September, Executive Champions Workshop in August, and regular circulation of Flash our updating newsletter. In addition we will see the long awaited upgrade to the website providing enhanced connectivity; the addition of new collaborative tools being develop by The Academy for Systemic Change (launching this year); and a revised inclusive governance process. Some examples for you to keep in mind from around the community are:
- SoL Europe continues to be a shining example of self-organizing collaboration with their regular sharing calls and monthly newsletter among the communities in that region.
- SoL Educational Partnership is actively involved in Camp Snowball a project to bring students, teachers, and administrators from around the world (including Mexico, the Netherlands, and Tucson, Arizona) together to share their work of systems thinking in Education.
- Leading for Health will launch in March and is timely as healthcare is an especially hot topic among our North American colleagues.
- SoL Seeds is a project to bring 5th Discipline tools to the web in the form of short videos that we can all use in workshops and is seeking funding from community.
- SoL North America is forming and planning to launch via a community wide conference in the next 12 to 18 months with more information expected shortly to the potential members.
- A Collective Council with representation from all the communities will assume the governance of global SoL later this year.
You can keep up with many of these activities and others through www.solonline.org or join us in the community conversation at www.solevolution.ning.com to express your opinions and share your ideas. Right now you can:
- Contact a SoL colleague and share what excites you about SoL in the coming year or arrange an informal conversation with several over coffee.
- Add your thoughts and ideas to the comments section of the Thinking about 2011 page on the SoL Evolution site.Collaborate by sharing your current projects and ask for the assistance that you need.
- Register for one of the capacity building workshops mentioned above and invite a colleague along to share the experience.
- Get more involved – check out what your local community is doing – pay your 2011 dues.
We learn far more by doing than by verbalizing, it is therefore time that we move into action. None of this is easy. But leaders around the world today are showing that real change is possible, that sustained high performance and genuine well being go hand in hand – when people truly learn how to learn together. Let us as a community continue to learn together in 2011 and beyond.
Best Regards,Peter Senge & Alfred Hanner, Co-Chairs SoL Interim Council