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Principles of Relationally-centered Social Innovation

Source of Innovation:

  • Over 70% of change efforts fail within individual institutions.

  • Change begins on the inside, with what we love and dream and aspire to create.

  • We must give 'space' for reflection and dialog to surface and 'crystallize' our intentions (what we want) and our will (what we are determined to do)--as individuals and collectives.

Approach to Innovation:

  • Approaching change from within existing structures and current realities often produces limiting results.

  • We need to allow ourselves to start 'fresh', to first imagine and then more deeply see what and how to build the futures we dream of.

Foundation of Innovation:

  • The ‘solutions’ to even our most complex challenges are already within us, along with the passion to address them.

  • We simply need to shift the typically mechanistic, command-and-control place from which we operate to instead draw from our ‘collective wisdom’ and what we care about most, and then to allow this ‘source’ within us to guide our actions.

Enactment of Innovation:

  • We are very good at initiating change; but we are not so good at sustaining it over time.

  • We need to embed practices and support systems that allow individuals and collectives to 'hold' the sources of their energy and commitment throughout the change process, and to nurture those behaviors and capacities that allow for continual regeneration.

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