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Advice for Transforming Systems

The recent Supreme Court rulings will likely catalyze years of social and economic upheaval.

Those communities likely to be hardest hit have long been at the forefront of movements to create equitable systems.

Here are 3 resources to help you reflect on how your foundation can build power, follow the community, and support the movements we all need to transform inequitable systems.

The Six Conditions of Systems Change

Systems change is about advancing equity by shifting the conditions that hold a problem in place. Foundations can increase their odds for success by working at three levels, but they’ll also need diverse partners, a non-linear approach, and a willingness to examine their own mental models.

Systems Thinking Toolkit

A variety of visualization and conversational tools—from trend mapping to appreciative inquiry—can help stakeholders collectively understand the system, plan for action, and learn. Our matrix will help you choose the right tool based on your place in the systems thinking ecocycle.

Being the Change

Go beyond grantmaking and consider all the ways foundations can help create equitable systems—changing narratives, shaping markets, mobilizing communities, and more.

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