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Building Ecosystems for Systems Change

How do we collaborate to create ecosystems that support innovation for systems change?

On September 5, 2014, Social Innovation Generation (SiG) National and Oxfam hosted one of the final sessions of the inaugural Unusual Suspects Festival at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation UK office in Hoxton Square, London. During the session, patterns of ideas and action emerged among the panel and participants.

At the heart of the conversation was a deep reflection on systems change. Of critical concern was why it matters, what are the dangers, and how can we work together to intentionally nourish a supportive ecosystem for social innovations to thrive and, over time, change systems.

This report is about sharing the convergence of invaluable contributions by the panel, participants and festival hosts to this discussion. It is a reflection – a prompt to ignite further discussion.