With Sharp Political Differences How Do We Serve as the Voice of the Poor?

With Sharp Political Differences How Do We Serve as the Voice of the Poor?

“With sharp political differences, how do we remain unified as Vincentians?” This is a direct quote from the Voice of ... read more

No Easy Answers #IamVincent

No Easy Answers #IamVincent

People are always looking for the easiest answers to poverty. There are no easy answers. Practitioners of systemic change know this. ... read more

Discovering Opportunities for Systemic Change

Discovering Opportunities for Systemic Change

How did Vincent discover opportunities that turned to systemic change? read more

The Difference is Often the Resources

The Difference is Often the Resources

The difference between "getting by" resources and "getting ahead" resources read more

Systemic Change – Doing the Next Right Thing

Systemic Change – Doing the Next Right Thing

Vincent accomplished so much by simply by seizing the day and doing the next right thing. read more

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 ... 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. ... 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 hard to 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 ourselves 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 way. ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... read more

The Last Mile on the Road to End Poverty

The Last Mile on the Road to End Poverty

The Brookings Institution’s latest report ought to be of great interest to the Vincentian Family. Our mission, our strategies and read more

Systemic change’s blindest blind spot

Systemic change’s blindest blind spot

(The development professional were certain that indoor water faucets would aid development but )….had development professionals ... read more

Systemic Change: Tips for Trainers

Systemic Change: Tips for Trainers

Know your audience. Know your goal. Know your biases. Know your resources… These and other tips for systemic change training can ... read more

Pope urges activists to struggle against ‘structural causes’ of poverty

Pope urges activists to struggle against ‘structural causes’ of poverty

Pope Francis urged an international gathering of grassroots social activists to struggle against the "structural causes" of poverty and read more

Three years in the making… creating a backbone

Three years in the making… creating a backbone

Three years in the making... creating a backbone. In 2010, following a Vincentian Family Gathering in Belleville, Illinois, people ... read more

SCN – Understanding Systemic Change & Gender Justice

SCN – Understanding Systemic Change & Gender Justice

The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth have posted news of their workshop “Understanding Systemic Change & Gender Justice” ... read more

Vincent’s Seeds of Systemic Change

Vincent’s Seeds of Systemic Change

In his presentation on systemic change during day 12 of the meeting of the Provincials of the Congregation of the Mission Fr. Robert ... read more

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