We’re sharing articles this week that get to the heart of what’s necessary to change systems and improve the lives of low-income people.
The Dawn of System Leadership - By Peter Senge, Hal Hamilton and John Kania, Stanford Social Innovation Review
In this long form article, the authors share their learnings about the ‘system leaders’ needed to foster collective leadership. With Nelson Mandela as a prime example, they examine the “deep changes necessary to accelerate progress against society’s most intractable problems require a unique type of leader—the system leader, a person who catalyzes collective leadership.”
Recommended by Juan Sebastian Arias, Program Associate, Collective Impact
Don’t Talk to me About “Driving” Social Change - By John Kania, Collective Impact Forum
Further reflections from John Kania on what it takes to be a leader in the social change field and facilitate “the conditions within which others can make progress towards the goal.”
Recommended by Jeff Raderstrong, Program Associate, Collective Impact
Racial Equity and Inclusion
8 Ways to Get Serious About Police Reform - By Kriston Capps, CityLab
The eruption of public outcry and debate over the need for sweeping reforms in our criminal justice system has us all wondering what’s next, what’s right to do, and revisiting the root causes of the tension we are seeing unfold around this issue. This short list of ways to get serious about police reform is certainly not exhaustive, definitive, or right-sized for all, but it is a thought-provoking attempt to offer potential promising practices for positively impacting a very complex social issue.
Recommended by Tiffany Ferguson, Program Associate, Public Sector Innovation
Evidence Based Decision Making
Children Will Show Us the Way…Oh How to Use Data in Education - By Jeff Edmonson, StriveTogether
A school district in Wisconsin has incorporated continuous improvement at the classroom level - empowering the students themselves with data. Watch this video of Jeff Edmonson sharing key insights from a visit to Menomonee Falls School District to learn more:
Recommended by Elizabeth Ogunwo, Organizational Development and Planning Coordinator
From Blight and Abandoned to Green and Historically Preserved Affordable Housing - Rooflines, Shelterforce Blog
The story of 46 historic homes throughout a New Orleans’ neighborhood that were restored and preserved as low-income affordable housing. The site received a National Trust/HUD Secretary’s Award last month. The Iberville Offsites project is “proof that eliminating blight, providing affordable housing and maintaining the historic fabric of our neighborhoods are not mutually exclusive goals,” said Lata Reddy, vice president of Corporate Social Responsibility at Prudential and president of The Prudential Foundation.
Recommended by Tonya Banks, Senior Administrative Associate, Capital Innovation