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Academy for Systemic Change

Academy for Systemic Change

Six strategies for creating system change for a sustainable future | Guardian Sustainable Business | Guardian Professional There is a huge buzz at the moment about system change. The complexity of the sustainability challenges we face means we require a systemic approach if we are to create the change necessary for the future. Traditionally, academic institutions such as the Academy for Systemic Change at MIT have led the field; NGOs like WWF-UK and Forum for the Future are now modifying their strategic approaches, and businesses like Nike and Unilever are also starting to play their part as their markets and supply chains become ever more complex. People and organisations are increasingly wondering how to find an accessible guide. 1. System change begins and ends with people ready to lead themselves and their organisations. 2. By their nature, systems are complex and we are not always sure where or when they might transform. 3. Many of our actions do not feel as if they are helping us get close to solving the huge sustainability challenges we face – issues like climate change. 4. 5. 6.

How to make an infographic online: five essential free tools Given the popularity of infographics, you’d be wise to consider using them to help achieve your content marketing goals. They can be great for social sharing, blog fodder and inbound links. The last time I created an infographic I used – wait for it - Microsoft Excel. Thankfully there are now some far better options, and they're surprisingly easy to use. I have compiled five of online tools that will help you to create infographics. Hold on a moment! Before you begin, consider that many infographics are often – to quote Econsultancy Research Director Linus Gregoriadis – “high on graphics and low on information”. As such it is important to map out your story / message / goals before starting to work on the design itself. There’s a great post on the LEWIS PR blog that explains how to optimise an infographic, based around three key questions, which are: 1. 2. 3. Sound advice, and it's worth remembering that old proverb about "he who fails to plan, plans to fail". Easelly Piktochart Infogram

Top Basketball Shooting Drills Video Shooting is likely the most valuable skill in basketball, and it takes a lot of practice to perfect. This video will teach you some great drills to improve your shooting.See Transcript Hi, I'm Jamal Andress for I'm here with Steve Moore, former basketball player here at Mizzou. And today we're going to work on some very basic but effective shooting drills. Basic Shooting Form Now, Steve is going to demonstrate one drill to help improve your set shot. During the shot you want to pick a target and aim for that target. After you have your shot all squared up and ready, repeat. Set Up Chairs to Run Around While Shooting For this next drill, find two chairs and preferably a partner as well. The great thing about this drill are all the alterations you can make depending upon what you need to work on: One dribble and then pull-upFlare and take a set shotCross over and pull up Jump Straight Up and Down, Follow Through Practice is the Best Way to Improve Your Shooting

Jonathan Reams - Writings Here is a collection of things I have written over time. Some are direct links to other sites, and some are to files in the Downloads folder, where there is also some additonal information. Books I have a chapter in The Transforming Leader: New Approaches to Leadership for the Twenty-First Century titled Integral Leadership: Opening Space by Leading through the Heart and published by Berrett-Koehler. Integral Education: New Directions for Higher Learning is published by SUNY press. Igniting Brilliance: Integral Education for the 21st Century is another anthology I have been involved with. Articles A Brief Overview of Developmental Theory, or What I Learned in the FOLA Course is a recent article I did to help ground my learning about developmental theory. Integral Leadership: Generating Space for Emergence through Quality of Presence is an article I co-authored with Anne Caspari in 2012 that came out in the German Journal of Business Psychology. What's Integral About Leadership? Reviews

The 5 Best Free Tools For Making Slick Infographics It's not enough to simply write about data any longer; the world wants visuals. While there are many professional information designers making a name for themselves, such as Nicholas Felton of, the majority of these digital artists are up to their eyeballs in high-paying work. Where does this leave you? Well, if you want to spruce up your documents, blog posts, and presentations, there are some free tools online that can help. Many Eyes This IBM Research tool gives you two choices: an option to browse through existing sets of data, or use your own. Google Public Data Explorer Like IBM, Google has made a public version of one of its research tools. Hohli There are many occasions when a Venn Diagram is the perfect way to describe a concept or compare relationships among a few different things. Wordle Although this tool describes itself as a "toy" for generating word clouds, it can be an effective service to spruce up your work. Watch more Work Smart: [Images by Wordle]

talkBasketball - Guide British Basketball League The British Basketball League (BBL) was established in 1987 as the men’s professional basketball league of the United Kingdom. While the BBL does not come close to emulating the success of the NBA, professional basketball has become increasingly popular in Britain in recent years. The BBL Championships The BBL Championships are the most important event in British basketball. The BBL Cup Unlike the BBL Championships, which involves a points system, the BBL Cup is a knock-out competition. The BBL Trophy The BBL Trophy competition differs from the BBL Championships and BBL Cup, as it does not involve only the professional teams of the BBL. Playing Basketball in the U.K. Basketball was introduced to the U.K. by a YMCA director in 1893, almost immediately after the game was invented by James Naismith. Several attempts to set up a national league in the latter half of the 20th Century failed due to a general lack of interest in the sport. Getting Started Men’s Women’s

"Tried" Is No Longer Enough After many sleepless nights watching and praying for the situation in Ferguson, I wrote this piece. In too many ways, it over simplifies the situation going on in Ferguson. I had no idea how much worse the situation would get and how it would captivate the national media. And yet (I hope) this piece points to the deeper truth. Each of us is living in working in places where “those in charge” doesn’t match up to “those who are affected”. And that gap between those “in power” and “the powerless” is to me a central source if not the source for so many issues. If there’s one message I’d want you to read, it’s this: see what you can do in your own community. Ferguson is so frustrating on so many levels.. That’s why the piece is entitled, “Tried” is No Longer Enough … Think of the Chief of Police of Ferguson, Missouri not as a failed cop, but as a failed leader. He failed, and his boss just replaced him. We could view this situation through many other lenses. Is change possible?

mmunicating sustainability: the rise of social media and storytelling | Guardian Sustainable Business | Guardian Professional As the SMI-Wizness Social Media Sustainability Index documents, big bold campaigns still played an important role in 2012 – Sony's Futurescapes, Siemens' Answers and Microsoft's Youthspark stood out. However, an increasing number of companies, including GE, Renault, Ford and this year's index leader, Levi Strauss, put stock in developing a strong editorial voice. We call it a "magazine mentality", enabling an always on and always accessible channel of sustainability communication with investors, employees, media, NGOs and, yes, customers. This magazine mentality was triggered by a simple yet complicated reality: sustainability is no longer only of interest to niche stakeholders. Social media has been the driving force behind this change of audience and community. Indeed, in 2010, when we first published this index, just 60 companies had dedicated social media channels to talk about sustainability. How has social media driven this change in how sustainability is communicated?

Easy Offensive Plays Notice: This article was written by Steve Jordan, Coach's Notebook. Email the author at What is the most common weakness in basketball teams of all ages? Easy - it is the half court offensive game. Most young teams never really get the hang of it because of the time and discipline required to learn to work effectively at this team skill. It is far easier to teach a team to be disruptive with their defense and score off transition. The secret of winning at basketball usually boils down to this: Have the best full court press, if not... If you can break your opponent's press and thereby minimize your turnovers, then you have very likely taken the opponent's offense away from them. There are some plays diagrammed below that are easy to teach and learn. Learning complicated patterns will consume a huge chunk of precious practice time. Basketball is a very dynamic game. Plays Discussed in this Article Other Plays Discussed on this Site Two Low (best against man to man)

Can 'nexus thinking' alleviate global water, food and energy pressures? | Guardian Sustainable Business | Guardian Professional With the world population growing at a rate of around 80 million people a year, it is estimated that by 2030 the world will need 30% more water, 40% more energy and 50% more food. That's not just to feed, water and power the new arrivals, but also those currently living "off grid" in developing countries as they rise out of poverty. In the past, water, food and energy have too often been dealt with as separate issues. Biofuels are a classic example. Once the great hope for sustainable energy, bio-diesel's insatiable appetite for wheat saw global food prices spike in 2008 and 2011, causing civil unrest. Panicked into action, the international community spoke out at the German government's Bonn 2011 conference and the water-food-energy nexus. What is nexus thinking? The nexus is a recognition that any solution for one problem, for example water, must equally consider the other two in the nexus. China as a case study China is an interesting case study. But these are not strident solutions.

Simple Basketball Plays That Help your Team Score I like simple basketball plays because they tend to work better than complex plays - less to think about means less to screw up. This one may be the first play I've ever taught (it's been a few years, so I wouldn't swear to it) and it still remains a favorite - a go-to basketball strategy that always seems to work well regardless of the personnel I have. The X is a simple basketball play to teach and to use, but it has been very effective for my teams. I've used quite a few other plays over the years, some very good, some not so hot, but I always seem to come back to this one. Because it is easy for players to understand, it's a good play for younger players - I've used it with both varsity and junior varsity teams with considerable success. How this Simple Basketball Play Works It may be a simple basketball play to teach and run, but with good picks set it can be very effective. View more Simple Basketball Plays here Go to the Better Basketball Coaching home page

Pegasus Systems Thinking in Action | The Value Web At the Pegasus Systems Thinking in Action Conference this year, a cross-sector community represented by nearly 500 people from each continent gathered to connect, learn, and reflect in regards to the session theme: “Fueling New Cycles of Success.” We all know in our bones what it’s like to find inspiration from leading thinkers. We follow their books, talks, ideas – seeking to absorb their insights into our own, apply their provocations to our best intent and action. But to recently scribe for some of the people who are most influential to my own facilitation practice brought a kind of mental model and process high. This feeling, combined with a series of truly gut-reaching questions, leads me to share highlights here – so the word can spread and take root in as many concerned global citizens as possible. Here are some threads of particular relevance to the whole of our work: Andy Hargreave presented his thinking on The Fourth Way: The Inspiring Future for Educational Change.

"Systems Thinking" Guru Peter Senge on Starbucks, P&G, and the Economic Power of Trash One of the world's top management gurus is spending a lot of time these days thinking about trash. I spoke with author of The Fifth Discipline, Peter Senge, because of his work with Starbucks on their pledge to provide recycling in all their stores. But it turns out that his interest in the waste stream goes far beyond that. True to his reputation as the major popularizer of "systems thinking," Senge sees the potential for a whole "underground economy" of great wealth that's literally being tossed away under our noses. "Nobody likes to throw stuff away," he told me. On the Starbucks cup: It’s an archetypal problem and I liked it right away. On the Starbucks "Cup Summits": So you have a compostable cup, so what? On recycling and detergent jugs: My friend from the oil company has a great example: look at polypropolene detergent containers. 100% recyclable. On the "underground economy" and the future of trash: I'm really interested in how you create a whole new economy of recycling.

Learning for a Change It's been almost 10 years since Peter Senge, 51, published "The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of the Learning Organization" (Doubleday/Currency, 1990). The book was more than a business best-seller; it was a breakthrough. It propelled Senge into the front ranks of management thinkers, it created a language of change that people in all kinds of companies could embrace, and it offered a vision of workplaces that were humane and of companies that were built around learning. But that movement hit a few speed bumps. To learn more about the evolving landscape of organizational learning, Fast Company interviewed Peter Senge in his office on the campus of MIT, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. What's your assessment of the performance of large-scale change efforts over the past decade? Most leadership strategies are doomed to failure from the outset. And that's just the public track record. Why haven't there been more successful change efforts? What's the best way to begin creating change?