“It just seems so big and there is so much going on that we don’t know where to start”
Our world is full of complex problems. Problems such as homelessness in Warrington, knife crime in London; transitioning businesses to Net Zero across the UK; supporting people with disabilities to enter the workforce; providing integrated social and medical care — and countless more.
What these problems have in common is that we will only be able to tackle them by changing the ‘systems’ that produce them. That is, by changing the networks of connections, the underlying beliefs and values, the flows of money and information, the patterns of institutional interactions and so on. These are not engineering challenges; or problems of structure or resourcing – rather these are challenges that require broad coalitions of people to come together and figure out ‘so what do we do next?’ in order to evolve, develop, test and scale new solutions.