In my last post, I looked at how we can understand what people value and what change they want to affect. If we can pretend to create social value that can have a systemic effect, then we also need to move beyond just understanding the causes of an issue – whether it be homelessness, elderly care or loneliness – to be able to make sense of the system/s the issue is part of. To tackle the issues caused by the system requires us to move from social innovation to systemic innovation
If we use the Six Steps to Significant Change model by @forumforthefuture, we can social innovation often focuses on tackling needs and creating pioneering practices to meet these. With support, it can even be sustained and scaled.
But when we discover or even experience a problem or a need, we don’t instinctively think to diagnose the overall system in which that problem resides. In @forumforthefuture #bigshift report, @SDStephDraper provides a checklist to kickstart how we might do this:
When we organised Visual Camp, we brought together designers, policy makers and practitioners to be able to paint a picture of systemic issues, from economic growth to personal data. These helped engage different perspectives to understand systemic issues and identify connections between the different parts of them.
With Making a Living, we reframed the issue from youth unemployment to “how do young people cope with making a living” so that the research could make sense of the complexity of the different variables which young people have to navigate – not just whether they have a job or not, but how their expectations and attitudes to work interact with their ability to cope psychologically and practically with making a living.