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Understanding Context: Practical exercises for building systems map

8eb0387f354fd8a09690f059acd4a58f?s=47 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.

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Jeff Mohr

November 29, 2017
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  1. Understanding Context Practical exercises for building systems maps +

  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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  8. 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
  9. Individual Warm Up Using “childhood obesity” as a system, brainstorm

    1-2 examples of: • Events • Patterns • Structures/Mental models
  10. 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
  11. 1 Pick your frame

  12. 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 _______”
  13. 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?
  14. 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
  15. 2 Enablers & inhibitors

  16. Enablers Inhibitors

  17. 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
  18. Enablers Inhibitors Behaviors Policies Beliefs

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

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

    people) EXAMPLE positive coordination among NGOs
  21. Policies rules and structures (systems, institutions, rule of law)

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

    restrictions around refugee employment
  23. Beliefs what people think and value (attitudes, norms, views of

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

    other groups) EXAMPLE refugees' commitment to helping/ volunteering
  25. 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
  26. 3 Upstream / downstream

  27. FACTOR Upstream causes Downstream effects

  28. OVERCROWDED CLASSROOMS huge influx of Syrian refugees overstretched systems poor

    education quality resentment by host communities
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  30. 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
  31. 4 Build loops

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  36. 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
  37. ? Questions?

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