There are many dimensions to systemic change. The following aspects of systemic change are considered important in the Vincentian Family
- Involving the poor themselves, including women and young people, at all stages: the identification of needs, planning, implementation, evaluation and revision;
- Having a holistic vision — addressing a series of basic human needs: individual and social, spiritual and physical, especially jobs, health care, housing, education, and spiritual growth — with an integral approach toward prevention and sustainable development;
- Placing particular emphasis on self-help and self-sustaining programs, with a special view toward addressing the root causes of poverty.
Articles at the Vincentian Encyclopedia about Systemic Change
- Systemic Change, an Introduction by Robert P. Maloney, CM - provides background to the general concept of systems analysis, looks at how systemic change fits within the context of Vincentian values, clarifies terminology, and offers criteria.
- Systemic Change: Seeds of Change - strategies for systemic change presented in twenty articles by members of the Vincentian Family's Commission for Promoting Systemic Change
- Systemic Change and the Vincentian Family - the report of May 31, 2007 from a meeting of Vincentian Family Leaders, where they called for a focus on systemic change.
- Systemic Change - Vincentian Study Guides - prepared by leaders of the Vincentian Family; situates the idea of systemic change in Vincentian tradition; political engagement; more
- Systemic Change Award - recognizes and supports systemic change projects within the Congregation of the Mission.
The concept is embodied in various movements and concepts.
- Community Development Corporations - Google search
- Community Investment - Google search
- Corporate Responsibility - Google search
- Micro-finance - Google search
- Social Change - Google search
- Social Empowerment - Google search
- Social Enterprise - Google. search
- Social Investment - Google search
- Social Entrepreneur - Google search
- Socially Responsible Investing - Google search
- Visionary Leaders - Google Search
- Systemic change - Google search
- See also Changemakers Google search
Examples of Systemic Change
The Systemic Change Award established by the Congregation of the Mission in October, 2005 provides examples in the awards made in 2006 and following years.
We welcome posting of examples of other systemic change efforts by the followers of Vincent and Louise.
- D.R.E.A.M.: a program for combating AIDS in Africa, which is jointly sponsored by the Daughters of Charity and the Community of Saint’Egidio. Drug Resources Enhancement against Aids and Malnutrition
- Pedro Opeka, CM - The transformation of slums in Madagascar
- Norberto Carcellar CM - Improving conditions of the people who live in the Payatas garbage dump outside Manila
- Daughters of Charity - Helping Ethiopian Women Sew Their Way Out of Poverty
Non-Vincentian stories of systemic change
- See section below on "Media Resources"
- Sharing Stories of Social Change PBS site
Not every aid project exemplifies systemic change. (see "Concept" section above for ways it is being understood in the Vincentian Family.)
OneWorld "Indian Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2007" offers some criteria for examples of systemic change that could be adapted for the projects in the Vincentian Family.
- 1. Innovation
- You have brought about social change by transforming traditional practice. Such transformation has been achieved through
- • An innovative product or service
- • The development of a different approach, or
- • A more determined or rigorous application of known technologies, ideas and approaches.
- A salient characteristic of a social entrepreneur is developing a pattern-changing idea and implementing it successfully.
- 2. Sustainability
- Your innovation has generated the social conditions and/or institutions needed to sustain the initiative and you are dedicating all of your time to it.
- • If set up as a non-profit entity, your organization is achieving some degree of financial self-sustainability through fees or revenues or is engaged in creating mutually beneficial partnerships with business and/or the public sector. Where possible, economic incentives are embraced. In any case, there is a clear difference from traditional charity and a move towards community-based empowerment and sustainability. There is also a difference with traditional business.
- • If set up as a for-profit entity, the orientation toward social and environmental value creation predominates, with financial return treated as a secondary means to an end, rather than an end in itself.
- 3. Direct social impact
- You have founded, developed and implemented the entrepreneurial initiative directly, together with poor or marginalized beneficiaries and stakeholders. The Impact of your work manifests itself in quantifiable results and testimonials and is well documented. There are no significant negative externalities.
- 4. Reach and Scope
- The initiative has spread beyond its initial context and has been adapted successfully to other settings in the country or internationally, either by your organization, or through others who have replicated or adapted elements of it.
- 5. Replicability
- The initiative can be adapted to other regions of the world to solve similar problems. As an entrepreneur you are open to sharing with others the tools, approaches and techniques that are critical to the adaptation of the initiative.
Full length films
- Pay It Forward The film
- The film is about one boy’s homework, and how that assignment changes the world.
- The assignment in question is extra credit, an assignment that Social Studies teacher Eugene Simonet (Kevin Spacey) gives every year.Think Of An Idea To Change Our World–And Put It Into Action. When Mr. Simonet asks for their responses, they tell him the assignment’s ‘weird’ and ‘hard.’ Mr. Simonet suggests another word: Possible. It is from this simple but potentially complex assignment that many different lives are affected.
- A simple yet profound example of involving people in solutions.
- Susan Retik and Patti Quigley were two ordinary soccer moms. Over the course of two years, as they cope with loss and struggle to raise their families as single mothers, these extraordinary women dedicate themselves to empowering Afghan widows whose lives have been ravaged by decades of war, poverty and oppression - factors they consider to be the root causes of terrorism.
Using YouTube for International Development Examples of how other groups are using this wildly popular site to get their message out.
- Overview of Ashoka 11 minutes, 27 seconds
- Ashoka Video Series Introduction to 16-program DVD series, some of the world’s greatest social entrepreneurs share their inspiring stories and strategies – in their own words.
- Clinton at Global Philanthropy Program 2 minutes, 7 seconds
- Youth Inspired to Solve Social Problems 5 minutes 42 seconds
- Empowering Women In Rural India 9 minutes 7 seconds
This is but a sample of the many videos in this series.
Grameen Foundation 16 minutes
- Empowering People; Changing Lives; Innovating for the World's Poor
- Recycling in the Bronx
- Columbia, MissisippiIn this virtual walking tour, Columbia activist and evangelist Charlotte Keys, founder of Jesus People Against Pollution, describes life near the plant and her fight to win justice for her community.
KIVA Kiva - Loans that Change Lives
- Kiva lets you connect with and loan money to unique small businesses in the developing world. By choosing a business on Kiva.org, you can "sponsor a business" and help the world's working poor make great strides towards economic independence. Throughout the course of the loan (usually 6-12 months), you can receive email journal updates from the business you've sponsored. As loans are repaid, you get your loan money back.
- NY Times Video - Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times visits his loan recipient: a baker in Kabul.
- Burrito Project - Burrito Project website
- Skate4Cancer - Skate4Cancer website
- Invisible Children - Invisible Children Website
This is but a sample of award winning sites in various categories of social impact
- The New Heroes tells the dramatic stories of 14 daring people from all corners of the globe who, against all odds, are successfully alleviating poverty and illness, combating unemployment and violence, and bringing education, light, opportunity and freedom to poor and marginalized people around the world.
- Schwab Foundation Introduction 10 minutes, 20 seconds
- Rural Development Institute 10 minutes, 40 seconds
- Dentistry Helping Poor Get Jobs 6 minutes, 37 seconds
- Operation Kickstart Developing Entrepreneurs in Africa 7 minutes 12 seconds
- Health Care for the Poor 5 minutes, 5 seconds
- Recycling 7 minutes,5 seconds
- Argentinian Social Entrepreneur 2007 8 minutes 18 seconds
- Drug Rehabilitation 5 minutes, 31 seconds
- Micro-finance 11 minutes, 05 seconds
- Providing Children With Books 7 minutes, 19 seconds
- Day Care 6 minutes, 55 seconds
- Medical in the Amazon 9 minutes 5 seconds
- Motorcycles deliver health care 5 minutes, 20 seconds
Games for Systemic Change
Changemakers.net for more information on using games for social change and the source of the list below.
- Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century - By Henry Jenkins, Director of the Comparative Media Studies Program at MIT, et al
- Serious Games Initiative
- Games for Change
- Games for Health
- GAME MASTER: A profile of Will Wright - By JOHN SEABROOK, The New Yorker: November 6, 2006
- Dream Machines by Will Wright
- The Long Zoom by Stephen Johnson
- Climate Challenge: the BBC-funded online game
- The MacArthur Foundation's Digital Media and Learning Initiative
- Spotlight Blogging the Field of Digital Media and Learning
- Saving the World, One Video Game at a Time NY Times article by Clive Thompson
- A Force More Powerful
- Ayiti: The Cost of Life
- Darfur is Dying - Very well known and powerful example
- Hope Lab's Re-Mission
- MacArthur Foundation Series on Digital Media and Learning
- Pax Warrior
- Food Force
- My Virtual Life - Business Week
- Getting Activist Video Games to Market - Business Week
- Chasing the Dream
- Watercooler Games
- Community Organizing Toolkit
- Water Alert! Voices of Youth (UNICEF) Available in three languages.
- Teen Second Life
- Serious Games Source
- Persuasive Games
- Everything Bad is Good for You - A review of Steven Johnson's book by Malcolm Gladwell
- Hobsons Choice Simple but powerful insight to the dead ends of peoople in poverty
- Systemic Change and the Vincentian Family - Presentation by Patricia Nava to the Gathering of the Vincentian Family held in San Francisco May 2007.