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Brian G. Dowling

7 Paths to Development That Bring Neighborhoods Wealth, Not Gentrification by Marjorie Kelly and Sarah McKinley - YES! Magazine - 0 views

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    Can we create an economic system-beginning at the local level-that builds the wealth and prosperity of everyone?
Brian G. Dowling

To Make an Impact in a World of Brutality and Strife, a Funder Embraces Systems Thinking - Inside Philanthropy - 0 views

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    Systems thinking, according to HU, has two important dimensions. One is the establishment of a new paradigm that understands global issues as inherently complex, multi-dimensional, conflictive and open to outside influence and intervention. A problem like slavery, for example, may seem intractable because of the economic interests it serves; in fact, the institutional and organizational linkages-the supply chains-that comprise slavery's power structure are vulnerable. The first step in system thinking is to map those linkages to better understand how they fit together and pinpoint their likely weak points. The next step is to devise a strategy that combines public advocacy, coalition building, insider lobbying, and investigative journalism to target those linkages, forcing those implicated in slavery, wittingly or unwittingly, to reform, and weakening the larger circuit of power over time.
Brian G. Dowling

Simplifying Complexity or Complexifying Simplicity: The Promise and Perils of Systems Thinking : PCDN - 0 views

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    A potential danger in a systems approach is that there is a risk of overjargonizing and getting lost in complex terminology, maps and paralysis by analysis. One of the key themes that emerged from the discussion is that many people are starting to experiment with systems thinking but that it can be daunting or confusing to explain, operationalize or find common agreement. Does system thinking imply a rigorous and dynamic mapping of key actors, power relationships and other factors in a community (Yes)? But then how does systems thinking differ from a solid context analysis (still needs more explanation)? A potential danger in a systems approach is that there is a risk of overjargonizing and getting lost in complex terminology, maps and paralysis by analysis. One of the key themes that emerged from the discussion is that many people are starting to experiment with systems thinking but that it can be daunting or confusing to explain, operationalize or find common agreement. Does system thinking imply a rigorous and dynamic mapping of key actors, power relationships and other factors in a community (Yes)? But then how does systems thinking differ from a solid context analysis (still needs more explanation)? 
Brian G. Dowling

Linear to Complex - Heart of the Art - 0 views

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    Once you have understood the approach and strategies of the Complex paradigm, think of where you can start making changes in your organization or business model. Where do you use the Linear paradigm, and are those actually linear systems?  Some companies like to plan how their users should interact with their products, and typically don't allow them to configure their own solutions. What if you started preparing rather than planning?
Brian G. Dowling

The REAL Story of Wealth Creation - Joe Brewer - Medium - 2 views

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    It is vital that we understand the physical nature of wealth so we can envision and build economic systems that are capable of (1) reducing chronic inequality in the world; (2) recognizing the inherent value of nature as a foundational building block for any economic system; and (3) exploring the 'design space' of all possible economic systems to find those best suited for planetary sustainability.
Brian G. Dowling

Sharing our Theory of (Practice Based) Change - Nurture Development - 0 views

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    This blog aims to build upon last week's three part series entitled 13 Staging Posts of Learning and Development. We'd like to lift out four staging posts of particular significance. These four staging posts consolidate our theory of change; the framework within which we guide strategic change, implement practice, create a sustainable legacy and evaluate impact.
Brian G. Dowling

On Sovereignty - Deep Code - Medium - 1 views

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    Sovereignty is the capacity to take responsibility. It is the ability to be present to the world and to respond to the world - rather than to be overwhelmed or merely reactive. Sovereignty is to be a conscious agent.
Brian G. Dowling

The way to modern direct democracy in Switzerland | Swiss History - 2 views

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    "When it comes to political co-determination by citizens, Switzerland is the undisputed world champion. More than one third of all referendums ever held at national level worldwide have taken place in Switzerland. The historical origins of direct democracy in Switzerland are just as interesting as the continuing topical nature of citizens' rights themselves. We provide below an overview. "
Brian G. Dowling

Bioregionalism (a definition) - 2 views

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    "A bioregion is defined in terms of the unique overall pattern of natural characteristics that are found in a specific place. The main features are generally found throughout a continuous geographic terrain and include a particular climate, local aspects of seasons, landforms, watersheds, soils, and native plants and animals."
Brian G. Dowling

Sacred Headwaters - 1 views

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    Welcome to Sacred Headwaters, a bi-weekly newsletter that aims to guide a co-learning process about the existential issues and planetary limitations facing humanity and about how we can reorient civilization in a way that will enable us to thrive for centuries to come.
Brian G. Dowling

Thriving Communities - Medium - 0 views

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    "On a mission to become some of the best possible places in Europe to live, work and visit by 2025 "
Brian G. Dowling

What is the Adjacent Possible? - Martin Erlic - Medium - 1 views

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    The adjacent possible is a kind of shadow future, hovering on the edges of the present state of things, a map of all the ways in which the present can reinvent itself…
Brian G. Dowling

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Never Under-Estimate the Immune System - 0 views

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    But here's the paradox: the immune system that has given large institutions extraordinary resilience in the past may be the very thing that makes these institutions so vulnerable today.
Brian G. Dowling

A Letter, Anguish, and a Rubber Band - The Donella Meadows Project - 0 views

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    ""Just thinking of the world my six-year-old son may inherit brings tears to my eyes," writes Matt Kayhoe of Keene, New Hampshire. "Yet tears are progress." "
Brian G. Dowling

2020 Invest in What Works Federal Standard of Excellence Agency Snapshots: The Who and The What | by Results for America | Dec, 2020 | Medium - 0 views

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    The following Federal Standard of Excellence Agency Snapshots provide a glimpse into nine agencies' evidence-based policy agenda. The Snapshots highlight key accomplishments and areas for future progress. Many of these practices and efforts described below are exemplary models that all federal agencies and departments can follow as they seek to improve results for communities, families, and children across the country.
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