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A Special Feature of the 9/27 Incubator
September 27, 2013 | 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM | Doubletree Bedford Glen, Bedford, MA

Steve Waddell is a long time SoL associate and the Lead Steward, Ecosystems Labs & Principal - NetworkingAction – USA . After participating in project development work with others in the morning, Steve will present some of his learning and questions from over 30 years of practice as a large systems change driver in multiple settings on a worldwide basis. Steve’s work focuses on organizational, network, and societal change and development, through consultation, education, research, and personal leadership. For the last 10 years his this has included working with the Global Reporting Initiative, Transparency International, the Global Reporting Initiative, the International Land Coalition, the Forest Stewardship Council, and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

In this hour long session, Steve will discuss with us the challenge with people often feel "over-whelmed" or "intimidated" by the scale of critical ecosystem change efforts working across multiple (including global) levels:

This is a core challenge that needs addressing if we are to realize the scale of change that so many of us know is necessary...how to act without being just audacious and theoretical, but giving meaning, supporting action is a key question

The great irony I experience in what I am now doing, is that I am trying to stimulate change leaders (as well as myself) to think more systemically about their role in developing change systems (globally), and I find creating that conversation very difficult with today's change leaders...I perceive that they are carried along by inertia...my question is about how to greatly speed up the development of the community of change agents working with a global, systemic consciousness...it requires, I believe, that we/I find different way of working and thinking about roles including our own role in perpetuating the current reality of change strategies.

I want to bring this out in conversation by sharing what I've done to date to develop the ecosystems labs or more local communities, and get thinking from the rest of the group on how to advance them with the value of "community".

Steve has authored dozens of publications, including the books Societal Learning and Change: Innovation with Multi-Stakeholder Strategies (2005), and Global Action Networks: Creating our future together (2011). Steve is a Canadian-American, living in Boston where he is also principal for NetworkingAction. Steve has a PhD and MBA.

If you are a student and practitioner of large systems change, don’t miss this Incubator!

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