Do you wish that your efforts to create social change could have more powerful impact? Experienced & action oriented, David Peter Stroh discussed paradigm shifting systems change practices that solve complex & chronic problems from homelessness to criminal justice.
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Donors, leaders of nonprofits, and public policy makers usually have the best of intentions to serve society and improve social conditions. But often their solutions fall far short of what they want to accomplish and what is truly needed & produce the opposite of what they want over time. We end up with temporary shelters that increase homelessness, drug busts that increase drug-related crime, or food aid that increases starvation.
How do these unintended consequences come about and how can we avoid them? Systems Thinking for Social Change enables readers to contribute more effectively to society by helping them understand systems thinking and shares techniques he has used to help people end homelessness and increase affordable housing, improve public health, strengthen public education and access to early childhood development services, protect child welfare, reform the criminal justice system, resolve identity-based conflicts, and more.
About the Author
David Peter Stroh is the author of the new book Systems Thinking for Social Change: A Practical Guide for Solving Complex Problems, Avoiding Unintended Consequences, and Achieving Lasting Results (Chelsea Green, 2015). He is an internationally recognized consultant, author, and speaker who works with organizations and communities across the nonprofit, private, and public sectors to develop social change initiatives that improve system-wide performance over time. David is a founding partner of Bridgeway Partners and a founding director of the website Applied Systems Thinking.
This show originally aired live on November 18th at 4pm EST to WPRK 91.5 FM in Winter Park, FL.