How did Vincent discover opportunities that turned to systemic change?
The difference between “getting by” resources and “getting ahead” resources
Vincent accomplished so much by simply by seizing the day and doing the next right thing.
“Seeing” calls for “judging.” But judging presupposes a lens! “Two men looked out from prison bars, one saw mud, the other stars!” This quote, variously attributed, seems to express that what one sees depends greatly upon one’s mental model and expectations. An earlier posted based on an article by Fr. Emeric Amyot on the method […]
Seeing is the necessary beginning of systemic change. Systemic change requires looking anew at something we see…but do not see. This kind of seeing is really more like reading, reading the “signs of the times.” St. Vincent was a man of the concrete whose starting point is direct knowledge of events about which he reflects […]
Besides the weather, as a topic systemic change is equally hot right now.
The culture of poverty, characterized by feelings of marginalism, dependence and exclusion, originates within the family, starting in childhood. Social and behavioral sciences recognize “poverty stress” beginning at a very young age. For almost nine years, Dan Torrington, as a member of “Voice of the poor – Western region” (the advocacy branch of the Society of Saint […]
by Mike Clark – When I explain my work in the field of collective impact and systems design, I have some go-to phrases, like:
Uncomfortable with systemic change? It is no secret that many people are uncomfortable with systemic change. It seems to be so hard to get a handle on. On the other hand there are others who are comfortable with what they think is systemic change. Actually what they are comfortable with is simply a new label for […]
by Mike Clark In providing services and programs to assist those in poverty, there are several basic questions we need to ask ourselves to determine whether or not what we are doing is making a difference. Namely: How much did we do? How well did we do it? Is anyone better off? I would venture […]
If someone asked you, could you explain systemic change without a lot of words? Here is a simple set of resources that go a long way. Three quick slide shows where the pictures tell the story with a minimum of words. A restaurant, a flat tire and a broken ankle – each illustrates what systemic change […]
by Mike Clark Is there an impact — a collective impact – -that can be demonstrated in a systemic change initiative? The call to action for this year of Vincentian collaboration is “together in Christ, we Vincentians make a difference.” I believe we do make a difference, but what exactly is that difference? How do […]
In his weekly column to the members of the Vincent de Paul Society, CEO Dave Barringer has a habit of asking important questions. This week is no exception. The question he asks is something that all branches on the Vincentian Family can ask. Do we sometimes not see unintended consequences of our efforts to serve those in need. […]
Under the title “What Do the Poor Need? Try Asking Them” David L. Kirp writes in the Sunday Review of a principle that is bedrock for the Vincentian Family approach to systemic change. Invite everyone to the table, especially those most affected! He writes, FOR decades, policy makers have treated poverty as a sign of […]
Systemic change has many names. This article “The Rise of Antipoverty Relational Work” uses terminology, “relational work”, not familiar to most in the Vincentian Family, to describe nonprofits revolutionary change in approach to solutions to poverty. Whatever the name, the emphasis is on going from a “transactional” to a “transformational” mode that is oriented to […]
The Brookings Institution’s latest report ought to be of great interest to the Vincentian Family. Our mission, our strategies and our experience can be brought to bear for the analysis of this landmark document, and serve as a partial basis for future collaborative planning. Laurence Chandy, Hiroshi Kato, and Homi Kharas have edited a fine […]
(The development professional were certain that indoor water faucets would aid development but )….had development professionals not instantly assumed that walking to a well was a burden, they might have realized that the water faucets installed inside houses in a remote African village were cutting into women’s sacred time. Women in that particular area considered […]
Know your audience. Know your goal. Know your biases. Know your resources… These and other tips for systemic change training can be found at VinFormation!By Vincentian Family Office on June 29, 2015 in Formation, Vincentian Family, Year of Vincentian Collaboration
The Germantown Systemic Change Initiative (GSCI) is a project aimed at improving the lives of the vulnerable citizens of the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia by building meaningful collaboration among community-based organizations and creating a collective force for change in the community. Ten Vincentian-affiliated organizations champion the project. The DePaul Catholic School, Depaul USA, the Society […]By John Freund, CM on October 31, 2014 in Justice and Peace, Poverty: Analysis and Responses, Systemic change
Pope Francis urged an international gathering of grassroots social activists to struggle against the “structural causes” of poverty and inequality, with a “revolutionary” program drawn from the Gospels.
Three years in the making… creating a backbone. In 2010, following a Vincentian Family Gathering in Belleville, Illinois, people from 15 Vincentian-affiliated organizations in Germantown met to answer the question “so what now?”
The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth have posted news of their workshop “Understanding Systemic Change & Gender Justice” In responding to the call of the Province and General Assembly, 35 SCNs attended a Systemic Change Workshop and Gender Justice at the Provincial House in Patna from Aug. 30-31, 2014. The resource persons were SCNs Jane […]
In his presentation on systemic change during day 12 of the meeting of the Provincials of the Congregation of the Mission Fr. Robert Maloney presented hints of systemic change from his reading of the words and actions of Vincent. He begins with a treatment of the influence of Paul VI’s Evangelii Nuntiandi on the vocabulary of Vincentian […]