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Leverage Points: Places to Intervene in a System

"How do we change the structure of systems to produce more of what we want and less of that which is undesirable?" Donella Meadows’ Leverage Points is a classic reference for those seeking to implement change.

Building Ecosystems for Systems Change

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

The Role of the Public Sector in the Integration Initiative: Executive Summary

Authors: Mt. Auburn Associates for Living Cities
Publication date: 2014

This report explores the different forms that public sector involvement has taken at the five Integration Initiative sites, documents the most important public‐sector‐related outcomes of the Initiative, and helps to develop a better understanding of what factors may be affecting success across sites.

The Integration Initiative: Three Year Evaluation Report

Authors: Mt. Auburn Associates, Inc for Living Cities
Publication date: 2014

In January 2010, Living Cities launched The Integration Initiative (TII) to support “bold, promising approaches that have the potential to transform the lives of low-income people and the communities in which they live.”

Breaking through: how corporate social innovation creates business opportunity

This report looks at the positive power of business to drive the innovation needed to solve the growing social and environmental challenges facing our planet. 

The goal of this report is to help Canadian business leaders consider corporate social innovation (CSI) as a powerful opportunity to concurrently drive social impact and growth. 

Realising the Potential of Civil Society-led South-South Development Cooperation

Author: Moilwa, T.
Publication date: 2015

Civil Society Organisations from the BRICS countries and Mexico are now leading a huge range of South-South Development Cooperation (SSDC) initiatives. These organisations have a significant role to play in the post-2015 development cooperation landscape.

Dynamics of Rural Innovation - a primer for emerging professionals

Authors: Pyburn, R. & Woodhill, J. (eds.)
Publication date: 2014

Dynamics of Rural Innovation – a primer for emerging professionals is a co-publication of KIT and Wageningen University’s Centre for Development Innovation (CDI) that brings together the experiences of over 40 conceptual thinkers and development practitioners to articulate lessons on agricultural innovation processes and social learning.

A Peacebuilding Tool for a Conflict-Sensitive Approach to Development: A Pilot Initiative in Nepal

Author: Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Publication date: 2014

The peacebuilding tool is an analytical tool for assisting project team leaders and social experts in understanding the local context, and in identifying potential risks to implementation of development projects that are linked to social conflicts, as well as in formulating mitigation measures for addressing these risks.

Innovation in institutional collaboration. The role of interlocutors.

Author: Fowler, A.
Publication date: 2014, In: ISS Working Paper Series / General Series , Volume 584 p. 1- 29

The world is said to be confronted with complex issues working against the long term well-being of people and planet that can only be effectively addressed through (hyper) collective effort. Past approaches to collaboration are however not good enough for operating in tomorrow’s conditions.

Drawing on Actor Network Theory, this paper explores a category of actant – an interlocutor – as potentially crucial in committing to, arranging and holding together complex collective action engagements.