Proven methods for systemic change
Reos Partners projects occur at three scales: events of a few days, processes of several months, and platforms that operate for years. A single event can spark new insights, relationships, and capacities, while a long-term platform can enable new experiments, initiatives, and movements—and ultimately, systemic transformation.
1. Starting point
A diverse coalition of leaders thinks that their situation
is unacceptable or unsustainable and that it
cannot be transformed unilaterally, directly, or immediately
2. What is needed
4. What is produced
5. What emerges
The situation has been transformed through new alliances, narratives,
approaches, policies, and/or institutions
Success requires five ingredients
A whole-system team. The first prerequisite is a team of influential, insightful actors representative of the system’s many facets.
Skilled guides. Collaboration on problems characterized by overwhelming complexity, confusion, and conflict requires expert facilitation.
A strong container. In order to experiment with new ways of acting, relating, and being, the team needs a structured space to do their work that is suitably set up—physically, psychologically, and politically.
The right resources. Social, human, and financial resources must be available at a scale that matches the scale of the challenge.
A generative approach. A creative, experimental method that engages team members’ whole selves—head, heart, and hands—enables breakthrough results.
Diversity is the solution,
not the problem
All of our projects bring together stakeholders from across a whole system. Politicians, executives, generals, guerrillas, unionists, activists, artists, researchers, clergy, community leaders . . . Diversity may feel like the problem, but it is at the heart of problem solving. Progress results from skillfully engaging people with different perspectives and interests to collaborate on shared concerns.
Proven ways to learn
Reos Partners takes a custom approach to every situation. But we often employ at least one of four tested methods: dialogue interviews, learning journeys, transformative scenarios, and social labs. We also offer training and coaching to build the capacities and skills that enable enduring systems change work.