The difference a lens makes

The difference a lens makes

"Seeing" calls for "judging." But judging presupposes a lens! “Two men looked out from prison bars, one saw mud, the other stars!” ... read more

Seeing As The Beginning Of Systemic Change

Seeing As The Beginning Of Systemic Change

Seeing is the necessary beginning of systemic change. Systemic change requires looking anew at something we see...but do not see. This ... read more

Systemic Change: Hot Right Now

Systemic Change: Hot Right Now

Besides the weather, as a topic systemic change is equally hot right now. read more

The “stress of poverty” and systemic change

The “stress of poverty” and systemic change

The culture of poverty, characterized by feelings of marginalism, dependence and exclusion, originates within the family, starting in ... read more

Firefighters and Electrical Engineers

Firefighters and Electrical Engineers

by Mike Clark - When I explain my work in the field of collective impact and systems design, I have some go-to phrases, like: read more

Uncomfortable with systemic change?

Uncomfortable with systemic change?

Uncomfortable with systemic change? It is no secret that many people are uncomfortable with systemic change.  It seems to be so ... read more

Collective Impact: Three Basic Questions

Collective Impact: Three Basic Questions

by Mike Clark In providing services and programs to assist those in poverty, there are several basic questions we need to ask ... read more

Can you explain this systemic change?

Can you explain this systemic change?

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 ... read more

Collective Impact in Systemic Change

Collective Impact in Systemic Change

by Mike Clark Is there an impact -- a collective impact - -that can be demonstrated in a systemic change initiative? The call to ... read more

Asking important questions

Asking important questions

In his weekly column to the members of the Vincent de Paul Society, CEO Dave Barringer has a habit of asking important questions. This ... read more

What Do the Poor Need? Try Asking Them

What Do the Poor Need? Try Asking Them

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 ... read more

Solving Poverty: A Revolutionary Approach

Solving Poverty: A Revolutionary Approach

Systemic change has many names. This article "The Rise of Antipoverty Relational Work" uses terminology, "relational work", not ... read more

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