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Understanding Context: Practical exercises for building systems map

Jeff Mohr
November 29, 2017

Understanding Context: Practical exercises for building systems map

Presentation by Jeff Mohr at the Civic Canopy 2017 Collective Impact Summit.

Jeff Mohr

November 29, 2017
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  1. Understanding Context
    Practical exercises for building systems maps
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  2. “We must take care not to
    oversimplify an increasingly complex
    and dynamic reality. This is a common
    mistake, resulting in a great deal of
    bad conventional wisdom.”
    ~ Larry Kramer and Daniel Stid, Hewlett Foundation

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  3. Sugary-sweetened drinks banned
    from a school
    Childhood obesity rate over last 30
    years; movement from urban to rural
    Unsafe neighborhoods and lack of
    open space leading to less exercise
    Freedom of choice vs. school’s job to
    prevent unhealthy choices

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  4. Individual Warm Up
    Using “childhood obesity” as a
    system, brainstorm 1-2
    examples of:
    • Events
    • Patterns
    • Structures/Mental models

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  5. REMEMBER
    Hold your current (or favorite) strategy lightly
    Map what is, not what you want to happen
    Brainstorming rules apply
    This is a MUCH accelerated version

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  6. 1
    Pick your frame

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  7. Framing question should focus your team on describing
    the system as it currently exists
    Avoid overly broad or specific questions
    Don’t embed solutions or hypotheses
    Try using these templates: “what forces account for the
    current level of _______” or “despite our best intentions,
    why have we been unable to _______”

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  8. Why have we been unable to meet the needs of
    Syrian refugee children?
    What forces account for the current levels of human
    slavery in corporate supply chains?

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  9. Your turn
    Quickly share a topic you care about with your table
    Pick a topic to use for the rest of today’s exercises
    Create a framing question for the topic using the
    “what forces account for the current level of…”
    template
    6 min

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  10. 2
    Enablers & inhibitors

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  11. Enablers Inhibitors

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  12. Refugees' commitment to helping/
    volunteering
    Skilled educators in host countries
    Positive coordination among NGOs
    NGO experience & capacity to carry
    out
    programs
    Growing media attention on the
    issue
    Huge and growing number of
    refugees
    Restrictions around refugee
    employment
    Not enough financial support / donor
    fatigue
    Poverty
    Overcrowded classrooms
    Safety
    Trauma

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  13. Enablers Inhibitors
    Behaviors
    Policies
    Beliefs

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  14. Behaviors the actions people take
    (processes and skills of key people)

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  15. Behaviors the actions people take
    (processes and skills of key people)
    EXAMPLE
    positive coordination among NGOs

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  16. Policies rules and structures
    (systems, institutions, rule of law)

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  17. Policies rules and structures
    (systems, institutions, rule of law)
    EXAMPLE
    restrictions around refugee
    employment

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  18. Beliefs what people think and value
    (attitudes, norms, views of other groups)

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  19. Beliefs what people think and value
    (attitudes, norms, views of other groups)
    EXAMPLE
    refugees' commitment to helping/
    volunteering

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  20. Your turn
    Brainstorm as many enablers and inhibitors you can
    think of for your topic
    Sort each enabler and inhibitor as primarily related
    to a belief, behavior or policy
    Fill in any gaps where you don’t have at least one
    belief, behavior, or policy 10 min

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  21. 3
    Upstream / downstream

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  22. FACTOR
    Upstream
    causes
    Downstream
    effects

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  23. OVERCROWDED
    CLASSROOMS
    huge influx of Syrian refugees
    overstretched systems
    poor education quality
    resentment by host communities

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  24. Your turn
    Pick 2-3 enablers or inhibitors
    Generate a handful of upstream causes or drivers
    and indicate connections as same or opposite
    Generate a handful of downstream effects and
    indicate connections as same or opposite
    10 min

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  25. 4
    Build loops

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  26. Your turn
    Pick a theme that has come up in your exercises and
    try to draw a loop
    Start at one factor and add connections and factors
    until you end up back where you started
    Take a stab at whether the loop is reinforcing or
    balancing 10 min

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  27. Thank you!
    jeff@kumu.io
    @kumupowered
    https://kumu.io
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