Kulin Nation, Australia

Systems Sanctuary — March 2019

Part 1: A Systems Leadership Journey Begins

Sam Rye
Apr 5 · 3 min read

Working systemically creates a series of specific challenges; from navigating power and challenging relationships, to learning how to collaborate in new ways, and understanding your own role in the system. It requires a mindset shift as you slowly get used to the idea that you are not going to transform a system overnight, rather you nudge it in a better direction, over the long-term.

— In The Thick Of It, Systems Sanctuary

I’m excited to be working along an interesting cohort of folks working across domains and with a range of skill sets. A little more about us all here:

Nurturing The Relational Field

It was nice to lead into this work with an invitation to firstly start to tell our story. Whilst it’s hard in a 90 minute call to go deep on this vital piece of work (my perspective here: Relational Field) we had a chance to speak to the whole group as well as spend a little time in breakout time with just one or two others. More time will be focused here through through buddy time between calls, and through the regular whole-group calls themselves I expect, as trust is a fundamental part of building any community of practice.

Surfacing The Work

I was also happy to find in this first session, Tatiana surfaced the important ‘Inner Game’ work of anyone working in this space. If we’re not working on investigating our internal state — we are deeply at risk of perpetuating the very societal and environmental dynamics which we’re seeking to shift.

World-Trust.org framework for investigating how equity is perpetuated: https://world-trust.org/solutions/explaining-systemic-inequity/

Personal Provocations

I’m writing this in order to chart my own journey a little, to aid in wayfinding and synthesis later on.

Fieldnotes by Sam Rye

Exploring next-gen practice to help us bring about a better world; using a lens of complexity, systems change, participatory design and strategy.

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Connecting with people with purpose; working to make people more comfortable working in complexity, so we can make better decisions that restore our planet.

Fieldnotes by Sam Rye

Exploring next-gen practice to help us bring about a better world; using a lens of complexity, systems change, participatory design and strategy.