#150 A Primer on Systems-Led Thinking with Daniela Papi-Thornton
A conversation with Daniela Papi-Thornton, lecturer at Yale School of Management, TEDx speaker, and author of Learning Service– who has been a leading voice in systems-led thinking approach in the social impact space.
There isn’t a linear path, systems. How might we not lose the impetus to act, but being able to understand the complexity.
She mentions the following resources in the conversation:
- Pamela Hartigan, Director of Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, 2009-2016
- Karl Popper “Cloud Problems and Clock Problems”
- Systems-Thinking education by Waters Foundation, including Habits of a Systems Thinkers
- Terms to describe the systems-approach: systems leader, system-led thinking, systems work, systems-led leadership
- Terms to describe elements of a system: interconnections, relationships, influences, emergence, feedback loops, levers of change, gaps
- We can never actually understand a system, we can understand it more every day.
- Systems Practice course on Acumen+, online course by Rob Ricigliano
- Systems work approach by Francois Binichi
- “Dawn of Systems Leadership”, “Collective Impact” articles in SSIR
- Daniela’s definition for systems-led leadership: someone taking action with the intention of improving the impact of another node within the system. Can be done from a social entrepreneur, a systems lens, “regular” business or role.
- USAID 5R’s Framework: 5 R’s (where a system is at the center–resources go in, results come out, roles within the system, relationships connecting roles, and rules that bound the system)
- Odin Mühlenbein, Ashoka Partner and Systems Change Leader at Ashoka Globalizer Program
- Map the System Contest
- example of corporations that utilize systems-led thinking: Care.com
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